As legal troubles continue to dog former International Monetary Fund Chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on both sides of the Atlantic, his U.S. lawyers are back in court seeking the dismissal of a civil suit brought by the New York hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of sexual assault last year.
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Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are primarily riding the argument that he should be subject to diplomatic immunity, saying that “were [he] a diplomat, an envoy, say from France… were he the French ambassador he would be immune in these circumstances.” It should be no different for head of the IMF, they claim.
The prosecution disagrees:
“Strauss-Kahn does not have diplomatic immunity or the ability to declare it himself… his lawyers failed to raise diplomatic immunity in connection with the criminal case.”
Diallo’s lawyers say Strauss-Kahn feels unjustifiably entitled to special treatment, that he “thinks he’s above the law.” Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers say that Diallo, for her part, is merely seeking financial gain:
“It’s very clear that Miss Diallo would like to have more money than she has today and we are as sure as we can be that she will not get that from Dominique Strauss-Kahn.”