International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first night at New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex Monday night after being refused bail as he faces sexual assault charges.
REUTERS - IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn bedded down at New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail on Monday night in a rapid and dramatic fall from grace after he was charged with trying to rape a hotel maid.
Separated from other inmates for his own safety, Strauss-Kahn was put in a bare 11-by-13-foot (3.5-by-4-meter) cell and given basic bedding, a drinking cup, soap, shampoo and toothpaste.
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“This is not about isolating the inmate from any human contact,” said a spokesman for New York’s Department of Correction. “This is about preventing the inmate from being victimized or harmed in some way as a result of his high profile.”
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His lawyers are expected to appeal the judge’s bail decision and it could be a key issue in the case. Bail would give Strauss-Kahn much better access to his attorneys and allow him to live in New York with his wife, prominent French television personality Anne Sinclair, while awaiting trial.
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The board also faces embarrassing questions about why it let Strauss-Kahn off with just a reprimand in 2008 after he was found to be having an extra-marital affair with a subordinate. Persistent rumors inside the IMF that he often made unwanted sexual advances to women have long dogged his tenure there.
Date created : 2011-05-17