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Strauss-Kahn tried to claim diplomatic immunity

Reuters/Richard Drew
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Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to claim diplomatic immunity when he was arrested over the attempted rape of a hotel maid, police transcripts revealed Thursday.

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The transcripts, released by the prosecution, showed that Strauss-Kahn told police "I have

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diplomatic immunity”, as he was led away by police from his Air France flight at JFK airport on 14 May.

But he changed his mind when questioned at a police station, saying: "No, no, no. I am not trying to use that, I just want to know if I need a lawyer."

Some days after his arrest, the International Monetary Fund said that immunity did not apply in the case because he had been on private business during his stay in New York.

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