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International Monitory Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was detained in New York Saturday night after allegedly sexually assaulting a maid in his hotel.

The chief was apprehended in the first-class section of a flight heading to Paris, just minutes before departing John F Kennedy airport, a New York police spokesman said.

The woman who filed the complaint against Strauss-Kahn, 62, was a 32-year-old chambermaid who fled the room after the incident.

Police said the alleged incident took place at the upscale Sofitel hotel on West 44th Street near Times Square. The NYPD's Special Victims Unit is investigating the case.

Strauss-Kahn had not been charged.

The arrest promises to stir up politics in France, where Strauss-Kahn is believed to be considering challenging French president Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's election

Polls have shown he has strong odds of defeating Sarkozy.

This is the second time since he took the helm of the IMF in November 2007 that Strauss-Kahn has faced allegations of misconduct.

In 2008, he had a relationship with Piroska Nagy, a female economist at the IMF. An investigation by the IMF board, released in October 2008, concluded that while he had made a "serious error of judgment," he shouldn't be fired.

Strauss-Kahn took over the International Monetary Fund in 2007 for a five-year term, scheduled to end next year.

Before that, he was a French finance minister, member of the French National Assembly and a professor of economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

The IMF declined to comment.

(IBT)


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  • meranchi Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:34 AM

    country police is good but foreign police is...very bade

    surangani Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:47 AM

    if this happened in Sri Lanka; we woudn't even be hearing it!

    Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 15 May 2011 07:53 AM

    Having lot of money,& fool play

    KD Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:38 AM

    Hardly earned. yeah right.

    Steven Miller Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:58 AM

    foreign police is very bade, but very good

    Ruwan Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:09 AM

    What has global financial system got to do with this? This is an act of a person who apparently is the MD of IMF.

    maruthy Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:40 AM

    Now we know how Sri lanka was able to get those IMF loans..

    Musthafa Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:40 AM

    he is fadup in dealing always with money

    prkiruba Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:05 PM

    Advise from Colombo !!

    RAJIV Sunday, 15 May 2011 01:58 PM

    We dont know the facts behind this matter. We should not judge this man based only on the complaints given by this women maid. He is to run against fellow Frenchmen for presidency next year. He has made enemies all over the world. He could have been set up. Let justice take its course and see if he is guilty or not. He has not even been charged yet.

    IFM Sunday, 15 May 2011 03:18 PM

    take it easy ,fingerprint will saw true or false

    Thomas Sunday, 15 May 2011 03:04 PM

    If such an episode happened in Sri Lanka by a personality in such a high position of Sri Lankan nationality, he would have walked away Scott Free.

    sltk2004 Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:19 PM

    Looks like a conspiracy because IMF has been saying some good things about Sri Lanka recently.

    willliam baas Sunday, 15 May 2011 06:07 PM

    I dont believe this story.

    King Sunday, 15 May 2011 04:58 AM

    I bow my head to the US for upholding the law, on this guy, no matter what is the senior position and power he holds!

    IZZETH Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:08 AM

    he is a joly good boy of france.

    local boy Sunday, 15 May 2011 04:52 AM

    good one US, this time local boys are with you.

    hari Sunday, 15 May 2011 04:55 AM

    Well said, We can only dream the day Asian and African countries can uphold law iresspective individuals position, race or religion.

    YP Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:16 AM

    Can we safeguard our hardly earned EPF/ETF now??

    aruna Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:33 AM

    looks like a setup

    Jix Sunday, 15 May 2011 05:44 AM

    and you might also wonder why the global financial system is so perverse...

    Jix Monday, 16 May 2011 03:37 AM

    A reason for the global financial crisis was greed and a major dearth in ethics and morals.. Its only reasonable to expect better behavior from the head of a major financial institution don't you think

    vidula Sunday, 15 May 2011 06:34 AM

    is this the guy who approved multimillion dolaar loan schemes to Sri lanka? now we know where out finace system is heading


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