17 May 2011

Court denies bail to IMF chief

3:28 pm on 17 May 2011

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan, has been denied bail on sexual assault charges.

The 62-year-old was arrested on Saturday after boarding a plane about to leave New York for Paris.

He is accused of a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a New York hotel maid.

His lawyers sought unsuccessfully for Mr Strauss-Kahn to be released on $US1 million bail and denied the charges against their client.

Defence lawyer Ben Brafman said it was quite likely the IMF chief would be exonerated.

Prosecutors asked that Mr Strauss-Kahn be remanded in custody due to concerns he might flee to France if released.

The judge ordered that he be held until another court appearance on 20 May.

A police spokesman said the 32-year-old chambermaid at the Times Square Sofitel had identified Mr Strauss-Kahn from a police line-up that included five other men.

The IMF chief underwent medical examinations on Sunday, the BBC reports. Police were looking for scratches or any other evidence of his alleged assault.