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IMF chief jailed on Rikers Island without bail

By The Assam Tribune

NEW YORK, May 17 (IANS): International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been moved to New York's notorious Rikers Island jail complex after a judge denied him bail on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.

Strauss-Kahn had "settled" in at the East River compound by early Monday evening, CNN reported citing a New York Department of Corrections spokesman.

At least, until his next court appearance Friday, he will be in protective custody, staying in an 11-by-13 foot cell by himself and having no contact with other inmates-steps taken because he is considered a high-profile detainee, the spokesman said.

His co-prisoners will include 14,000 men and women who are being held or have been convicted for a host of violent and other crimes committed in New York City.

In denying Strauss-Kahn, 62, bail Monday, Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson agreed with prosecutors' assertions that he is a flight risk saying, "the fact that he was about to board a flight, that raises some concerns."

Prosecutors had argued against bail, saying they believe Strauss-Kahn has engaged in "similar acts" at least once and that there would be nothing to prevent him from returning to France and living "open and notoriously" like film director Roman Polanski.

The fact he left the hotel quickly after the alleged incident, leaving his cell phone behind, became a key point at his arraignment Monday.

His defence lawyers said Strauss-Kahn was simply hurrying off to a lunch appointment-pointing to his lack of a criminal record and willingness to remain with his daughter in New York in requesting $1 million bail.

"This battle has just begun," defence attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters. "We think this case is very defensible."

If convicted Strauss-Kahn - the man who was widely believed to be contesting for the next French presidential election - faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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IMF chief jailed on Rikers Island without bail

NEW YORK, May 17 (IANS): International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been moved to New York's notorious Rikers Island jail complex after a judge denied him bail on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.

Strauss-Kahn had "settled" in at the East River compound by early Monday evening, CNN reported citing a New York Department of Corrections spokesman.

At least, until his next court appearance Friday, he will be in protective custody, staying in an 11-by-13 foot cell by himself and having no contact with other inmates-steps taken because he is considered a high-profile detainee, the spokesman said.

His co-prisoners will include 14,000 men and women who are being held or have been convicted for a host of violent and other crimes committed in New York City.

In denying Strauss-Kahn, 62, bail Monday, Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson agreed with prosecutors' assertions that he is a flight risk saying, "the fact that he was about to board a flight, that raises some concerns."

Prosecutors had argued against bail, saying they believe Strauss-Kahn has engaged in "similar acts" at least once and that there would be nothing to prevent him from returning to France and living "open and notoriously" like film director Roman Polanski.

The fact he left the hotel quickly after the alleged incident, leaving his cell phone behind, became a key point at his arraignment Monday.

His defence lawyers said Strauss-Kahn was simply hurrying off to a lunch appointment-pointing to his lack of a criminal record and willingness to remain with his daughter in New York in requesting $1 million bail.

"This battle has just begun," defence attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters. "We think this case is very defensible."

If convicted Strauss-Kahn - the man who was widely believed to be contesting for the next French presidential election - faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.