United States, France

Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty on all charges

Reuters/Mike Segar

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn formally pleaded not guilty on all charges when he appeared at Manhattan criminal court on Monday.


The court session lasted only a few minutes, during which Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty, and one of his lawyers, William Taylor, requested six weeks to examine the evidence collected by the prosecution.

Judge Michael Obus granted the request and set the date for the next court hearing, to be held on 18 July.

The alleged victim was not present in court, in line with the US system, but 2 of her lawyers attended the hearing.

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The French former socialist politician arrived at court accompanied by his wife, Franco-American TV journalist Anne Sinclair, who later sat in court next to one of Strauss-Kahn's daughters, Vanessa.

As he arrived and departed from the Manhattan court building, Strauss-Kahn was jeered at by protestors, including a group of hotel employees dressed in their uniforms, who shouted "Shame on you!"



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