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Strauss-Kahn phone 'hacked' hours before arrest in New York

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-11-27

Hours before his arrest on sexual assault charges, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was warned that his phone had been hacked and that a message sent to his wife had been read by members of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party.

AFP - France's interior minister on Sunday dismissed as "pure fantasy" hints by associates of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a setup leading to his New York arrest on sexual assault charges.

"I would say that its pure fantasy," Claude Gueant told French television. "I read Epstein's article. What does it say? That DSK lost his phone. It's not because one loses one's phone that there is a setup."

He was referring to an article by Edward Epstein in the New York Review of Books, in which sources said Strauss-Kahn -- known in France by his initials DSK -- suspected a smartphone that disappeared before his arrest had been hacked.

The article also has associates hinting that Strauss-Kahn may have been set up in order to discredit him ahead of presidential elections in France in 2012 that he had been tipped to win.

It describes camera footage showing an employee of the Sofitel hotel, where the sexual encounter was alleged to have taken place in Strauss-Kahn's room, high-fiving a colleague and appearing to perform a celebratory dance after listening to Diallo's testimony.

But Gueant dismissed any suggestions of a setup.

"I can assure you that French police were not among these two people," he said. "All of this is fantasy and I find it extraordinary... If there is someone who thinks there was a setup, he has only to file a complaint with the authorities and then we can stop with the rumours and innuendos."

Epstein told AFP: "I didn't say it was a political conspiracy but I would say that people wanted to find evidence of an indiscretion of his that could derail either his candidacy or even (his work at) the IMF."

Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 after being taken off a plane to Paris following a complaint by maid at the Sofitel hotel, Nafissatou Diallo, that he had attacked her.

Charges against Strauss-Kahn were dropped after prosecutors said Diallo had lied about details of her allegations, although evidence showed that some sort of hurried sexual encounter did occur.

Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF head as a result of the scandal which also left his domestic political career in tatters. Since returning home, he has faced new allegations of sexual misconduct in France.
 

Date created : 2011-11-27

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