NEW YORK – The head of the International Monetary Fund was denied bail in a New York courtroom on Monday, the CNN informs. Strauss-Kahn’s next court appearance is scheduled for Friday. Until then, he will have no contact with other inmates because he is considered a high-profile detainee.
Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson sided with the prosecution in characterizing Strauss-Kahn as a flight risk and denying him the ability to walk free on bond. Even with the apparent setback, defense attorney Benjamin Brafman appeared confident. “This battle has just begun,” the lawyer told reporters. “We think this case is very defensible.” Strauss-Kahn faces an array of sexual criminal charges.
The IMF said in a statement that it had been briefed on the charges against its managing director, and that it would “continue to monitor developments”. Deputy head John Lipsky serves as acting managing director while Strauss-Kahn is not in Washington, the IMF said, making him the agency’s de facto leader at least as long as Strauss-Kahn is detained in New York.
The IMF said that Strauss-Kahn was traveling on private business while in New York, having paid out for his Sofitel room out of his own pocket. Strauss-Kahn was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Brussels Economic Forum in Belgium today. Jean-Claude Junker, the Luxembourg prime minister said: “I am very sad and upset. He is a friend of mine… Mr Strauss-Kahn is in the hands of American justice, it’s not up to us to comment on this, but it makes me deeply, deeply sad.” French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde described Mr Strauss-Kahn’s predicament was “crushing and painful”. Meanwhile, another allegation against Strauss-Kahn has emerged. A French writer says she may file a complaint for an alleged sexual assault in 2002. “We’re planning to make a complaint,” Ms Banon’s lawyer said, according to the BBC.