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IMF chief claimed diplomatic immunity when arrested

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IMF chief claimed diplomatic immunity when arrested


Fresh details about the arrest in New York of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have emerged. Transcripts released by the prosecutors reveal his reaction to his initial detention at JFK airport.

The documents record when police removed him minutes before his Air France jet took off for Paris he asked “What is this about?” After falling silent for 15 minutes he then said: “I have diplomatic immunity.”

Five hours later he retracted the statement and said he was not trying to use diplomatic immunity. Strauss-Kahn had also asked to be handcuffed “in the front”.

The 62-year-old has pleaded not guilty to several charges including attempted rape of a hotel chambermaid. IMF rules granted him immunity limited to acts perfomed in his “official capacity”.

He has since resigned from the IMF, which has said he had been in the city on private business. He is living on bail in New York. His lawyer refused to comment on the release of the transcripts.

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