Lawyer: It May Have Been a Set-Up
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer is suggesting that a political plot
could have been behind sex assault charges that brought down DSK,
attorney William Taylor referred to an upcoming investigative article
in the New York Review of Books as evidence.
now exclude the likelihood that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the target
of a deliberate effort to destroy him as a political force,"
Taylor said in a statement.
an advanced copy of which was provided to AFP, analyzes key card
data and other records from the New York Sofitel where Strauss-Kahn
was staying when he allegedly sexually assaulted a room maid on
due to be published on Saturday, notably questions whether a missing
BlackBerry phone had been hacked by Strauss-Kahn's political rivals.
It quotes unnamed
sources close to Strauss-Kahn saying that he had been warned in
a text message the day of his arrest that an email he'd sent to
his wife from the BlackBerry had been read at the offices of Sarkozy's
UMP party in Paris.
also reports that a security camera caught the hotel's head engineer,
Brian Yearwood, high-fiving another man and appearing to dance in
celebration, near to the maid, as she awaited the arrival of police.
the article by investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein poses
"serious questions concerning behavior of officials" at
Sofitel and at its parent Accor Group.
a very solid investigative reporter, looks like we are going to
get more beef added to the early suspicions (The
Case for IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Being Set-Up) I had,
right from the outset, about the DSK case.
with permission from Economic
staff 'celebrated' after Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest
By Jon Swaine
Staff at the
hotel where the ex-International Monetary Fund chief allegedly assaulted
the maid were filmed high-fiving and doing a dance of celebration
after the incident in May, a new article claims.
also believed his mobile phone had been hacked after being told
one of his private emails was seen in the headquarters of his rival
Nicolas Sarkozy's political party, it alleges.
by the investigative journalist Edward Epstein in the New York Review
of Books, will provoke fury among allies of Mr Strauss-Kahn, who
have long maintained that he was set up.
He had been
expected to challenge Mr Sarkozy for the French presidency next
year, but was forced to resign from the IMF and withdraw from the
presidential race after his arrest in New York.
Diallo, 32, claimed the 65-year-old tried to rape her when she arrived
to clean his suite at the Manhttan Sofitel, before forcing her to
give him oral sex. He was jailed and then detained under house arrest,
but all charges were dropped when prosecutors found inconsistencies
in Miss Diallo's account.
that the hotel's chief engineer, Brian Yearwood, was filmed by surveillance
cameras meeting an unidentified colleague after sitting with Miss
Diallo immediately following the incident.
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