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    I found this article to take a pretty interesting take on it all.

    Maybe it is all a conspiracy, who knows

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    lol, no wonder rapists run free thru France!

    Rape is not a severe mental illness. It is a crime, an all too common crime.
    DSK was one of the most powerful man in the world, just next to Obama. He was a well-known public man, and the best contender for the next 2012 French presidential election (according to polls, he was so popular would have easily crushed any possible opponent, including Sarkozy). The man had no private life for years.

    So destroying your entire career in just a blink of an eye, with an obscure African chambermaid... Well I think we can call it insanity.
    Furthermore, whoever you are, trying to rape an unknown woman just after you've taken your shower and risk 20 years of prison in the process is not a clear sign of mental balance. When you have no control upon your sexual urges, it's not prison you deserve, but rather an immediate confinement in a well-secured asylum's cell.

    What I mean, is that if this is true, this is clearly not the intentional act of a rational man, unlike what happens in most reported cases of rape.


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    What I find curious is that DSK actually predicted what would happened to him a few months ago. In an interview he gave to Liberation, he explained he had been "menaced" by powerful interests while working at the direction of the IMF. And that theses interests wouldn't hesitate to sham "a rape occuring in a parking", if it was their only solution to make him resign. These were his exact words.

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    But yet, again, I have no idea what really happened, nor do anybody here. Let's justice do his work, and eventually we shall see who really is the victim here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    DSK was one of the most powerful man in the world, just next to Obama.
    Precisely. We know that american president have'nt too much difficulties to get involved in extramarital relationships. And that they can be sex-mad, like Clinton for example.


    He was a well-known public man
    No. Most part of american barely know who he was, as usual for the IMF president. He was essentially known in France.

    and the best contender for the next 2012 French presidential election (according to polls, he was so popular would have easily crushed any possible opponent, including Sarkozy).
    Not that simple. First, to be candidate, he would have firstly to win the PS primaires, and that victory was far to be assured since many leftist in that party find him "not socialist enough". Second, the major point wich disturb french about Sarkosy is his "bling-bling" personality. But DSK couldn't attack Sarko on this, it would'nt be credible. Sarko would just have to say "ok, you speak about my yacht, I talk about your porshes, you speak about my three mariages, I speak about your three mariages as well".

    Second point is dissatisfaction about the president's habilities to manage crisis, but even there, DSK would'nt have anything to tell since they have worked together to manage that crisis, and applied the same solutions. If DSK had been a canditate it would be quickly revealed that he was just a mediatic balloon, deflated as soon as he put his candidature. French would have seen their opposition as a "droite bling-bling vs gauche bang-bang" oppositon, no one would clearly take the advantage. Sarko said one time that whatever socialist candidate his chosen in front of him, it would be 50/50, and I think he was right.

    The man had no private life for years.
    He married three times, and, of course, he had no sex for years. laugh!

    So destroying your entire career in just a blink of an eye, with an obscure African chambermaid...
    How naive. Did you know that a minor part of rape victim complaint for that. And, of course, even less when the rapist is a powerfull man. DSK is not at his first affair of sexual harrasment and agression, but it has always been muffled. It's easy to think, when you are among the most powerful men of the world, than a maid is not a threat for you.

    Well I think we can call it insanity.
    Yes, he is a sex-mad.

    What I mean, is that if this is true, this is clearly not the intentional act of a rational man, unlike what happens in most reported cases of rape.
    So what?

    But yet, again, I have no idea what really happened, nor do anybody here. Let's justice do his work, and eventually we shall see who really is the victim here.
    In that kind of affair, presumption of innocence simply mean that you are directly sentenced to jail. You have the occasion to let your advocates explain in detail how pervert you are to a judge.

    The treatment of that affair from the left is so partisan and indulgent. They would'nt have react like this if the rapist was a right wing politician. Proof is that they coinstantly deverse their hatred on Berlusconi for far less serious affairs, but defend Polanski.
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    A new developement?

    Strauss-Kahn case is 'close to collapse', say reports

    The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in doubt following reports of major holes in the credibility of the woman who alleges the former head of the IMF attacked her in May

    The prosecution case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and French presidential hopeful accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, is close to collapse, a report in the New York Times has claimed.

    The newspaper reports allegations that significant problems have emerged with the case against the former IMF boss that could see the conditions of his house arrest in New York being relaxed with immediate effect.

    Based on interviews with two unnamed law enforcement officers, it says that "major holes" in the case will be admitted to a federal criminal court in Manhattan as early as Friday. New York Police Department had no comment last night.

    At the centre of the potentially dramatic turn in the case, the New York Times reports, is lack of confidence on the prosecution side in the witness's testimony about herself and what she says happened to her in Strauss-Kahn's room at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan on 14 May. After she alleged that he sexually assaulted her, New York authorities swept into action, arresting Strauss-Kahn as he waited to take off on a flight to Europe.

    Separately, the Associated Press reported that prosecutors have raised issues about the woman's credibility, citing an official who is familiar with the case saying the issue was not necessarily about the rape accusation itself, but rather questions surrounding the alleged victim's background that could damage her credibility on the witness stand.

    Lawyers in the defence team for Strauss-Kahn have suggested that they had evidence calling into question the veracity of the housekeeper's account, but until now the nature of the doubts have not been revealed.

    Lawyers for the maid - who is not being named - were unavailable for comment last night. She has already testified before a grand jury about the charges in New York and convinced them of the merits of her case. When stories first emerged that Strauss-Kahn's lawyers intended to argue the woman had consensual sex with Strauss-Kahn, her former lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro said: "There was nothing about any aspect of this encounter between this young woman and the defendant which was remotely consensual or could be construed as consensual, either physical contact or sexual contact."

    The sexual nature of the encounter between the French politician and the maid has never been questioned by either side. But the New York Times report now suggests that police and prosecuting lawyers have concluded that the 32-year-old Guinean immigrant has lied repeatedly.

    The newspaper says that police tape recorded a telephone conversation between the woman and a man in prison made on the day of the alleged rape in which the woman talked about the possible financial benefits that could come to her as a result of pursuing charges against Strauss-Kahn. The New York Times also reports the investigation has also found deposits made into her bank account totalling $100,000 over the last two years, some of which came from the man, a convicted drug dealer.

    If the case against Strauss-Kahn does collapse, it is likely to raise questions about what has happened to him and his future prospects. Strauss-Kahn was expected to make a bid for the French presidency after stepping down from his post as managing director of the IMF, one of the most important roles in world finance. But after his arrest he was forced to resign. The job has just been filled by the French finance minister, Christine Lagarde. His incendiary demise left a gaping hole in domestic French politics.

    The development will also play to the scepticism of the French public. When the allegations of a rape first surfaced, polls showed that 60% of French voters thought it was a political conspiracy against him.

    The news comes after weeks of speculation in which some legal experts had said the woman's case has started to look shakey. Her original lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, and renowned civil rights lawyer, Norman Siegel, are no longer working with the woman and have declined to comment about the background to the decisons.

    Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsweek earlier this month that he believed the woman's lawyers were working with Strauss-Kahn's lawyers and looking to broker a deal.

    Dershowitz said: "Clearly the defendant wants to avoid trial and wants to see if he can work out a deal that's acceptable to him. And my sense is that the victim would like a big payday. Why does she want to make a deal now? Why not wait until the conviction, and then sue? [Because] the defendant doesn't have much money. All the money is his wife's money. And if you win a suit-let's assume she wins a $10m judgment against him. She's not going to collect it. He'll go bankrupt. Whereas if she settles the case, the wife pays up. So the difference is between getting, say, a million right now from the wife, or $10m from the husband which the lawyer has to spend the rest of his life chasing."

    Making any such deal would threaten charges of obstruction of justice. The woman has no power to stop the criminal case being brought by New York district attorney Cyrus Vance and could be compelled to testify even if she decided no to co-operate, said Stuart Slotnick, a white collar crime expert with New York's Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
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    Looks like the worm has turned!

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    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised the French would actually consider electing as their president. It's been over 200 years since they've mattered, militarily.

    Or do I have the wrong Khan? Are they trying to elect ?
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    I was looking forward to Dominique Strauss Ex-con election slogans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised the French would actually consider electing as their president. It's been over 200 years since they've mattered, militarily.
    What does the French military have to do with any of this?
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