DSK Claims Diplomatic Immunity In NYC Case
Lawyers for ex-IMF boss seek to have civil case tossed
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2011 12:46 AM CDT
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF, appears in a TV interview in France last week.   (AP Photo/Francois Guillot, pool)

(Newser) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss a civil case brought against him by a hotel maid who claims the former IMF chief sexually assaulted her. The Frenchman's lawyers argue that at the time the suit was filed he was still covered by diplomatic immunity under a United Nations convention covering the heads of certain international agencies, Reuters reports.

Prosecutors in New York have already dropped all charges against Strauss-Kahn because they lacked faith in his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo. Her lawyer issued a statement slamming Strauss-Kahn's attempt to have her civil suit dismissed. "This baseless motion is another desperate attempt to avoid having to answer for the deplorable acts he committed against Ms. Diallo," he said.

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Sep 27, 2011 7:33 AM CDT
When all else fails, try hiding behind your briefcase, huh? If he was functioning as a diplomat they may consider it. I don't know if creds with the IMF stand as diplomat status.
Sep 27, 2011 1:11 AM CDT
Samuel Johnson said patriotism was often the last refuge of a scoundrel. Maybe "diplomatic immunity" is the last refuge of a mysoginistic rapist? (Question: Isn't it time the UN looked at just WHY it thinks it a good idea that people have diplomatic immunity for anything and everything they do? Surely we should demand they scrap diplomatic immunity for everything but a narrowly-defined set of specific, JOB-RELATED matters?).