IMF Chief Denied Bail in Assault Case, ICC Chief Calls for Gadhafi Warrant
Update, 1 p.m. ET | A New York court has denied Strauss-Kahn bail, calling him a flight risk. He will remain in custody until his next court hearing.
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is escorted by New York police on Sunday. Photo by Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, was taken into custody Saturday after a hotel maid in New York City accused him of sexual assault. Strauss-Kahn, who has been seen as a potential presidential candidate in France, denies the charges. His wife, Anne Sinclair, told Agence France-Presse: “I do not believe for one second the accusations brought against my husband. I have no doubt his innocence will be established.”
Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody at JFK Airport after the 32-year-old woman contacted police. He was scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday. The woman was treated for minor injuries.
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn was investigated for having an improper relationship with a female employee. The latest allegations have prompted a French woman to come forward and claim he had assaulted her nine years ago and that she had been pressured to keep silent.
ICC Prosecutor Calls for Gadhafi Arrest
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, said he is seeking the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on charges of crimes against humanity and for his role in “widespread and systematic attacks” on civilians. The ICC, based upon Moreno-Ocampo’s recommendation, can then choose whether or not to issue a formal warrant for his arrest.
Separately, the U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to present a report to the Security Council on alleged war crimes on June 7.
On the battlefield, rebel forces claim they are securing their gains in Misrata, one of the focal points in their months-long battle with Gadhafi’s forces, releasing a video of them celebrating at one of the checkpoints in the city. Last week, opposition forces took the city’s airport. According to some estimates, 1,000 people have died in the city in the past two months.
Kerry in Pakistan for Meetings on bin Laden, U.S. Relationship
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrived in Pakistan Sunday for a series of meetings on the killing of Osama bin Laden and the administration of billions of dollars in aid money from the United States at a time when tensions in the alliance are especially high.
Sen. Kerry, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also stopped in Kabul on Sunday, where he said insurgents continued to cross the border into Afghanistan from North Waziristan and that “there is some evidence of Pakistan government knowledge of some of these activities in ways that is very disturbing.”
Sen. Kerry’s first meeting was with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, head of Pakistan’s military, after which Kayan said in a statement they had discussed “the intense feelings of rank and file of Pakistan Army on Abbottabad incident.”
The raid that ended in bin Laden’s death was done without Pakistan’s knowledge or consent, spurring denials from Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who decried any charges of Pakistani complicity in hiding bin Laden as “absurd.”
27 Found Dead Near Mexico-Guatemala Border
Guatemalan officials said they have found the bodies of 25 men and two women on a farm near the border with Mexico, most of them decapitated. Though the case is still under investigation, Guatemala has seen a rise in drug-related violence in recent years in tandem with Mexico’s rise in drug-trafficking deaths.
As Mexico has stepped up its crackdown on drug cartels, gangs have pushed further into Central American nations to continue their widespread and well-funded operations. In the past five years of Mexico’s drug war, an estimated 30,000 people have died.