Former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of rape and released on bail in New-York, claims that he became the target of a plot organized by Russian PM Vladimir Putin.
The former world finance chief believes that Russia and France have hatched the whole story to get him fired from the International Monetary Fund to stop him running for the French presidency.
A French politician Mr. Claude Bartolone assured French television news channel BFMTV: ‘He told me this when we spoke on the phone in Paris on April 29… He said the Russians and notably Putin had allied themselves with France to try to have him fired from the IMF, to stop him running for the presidency.”
According to Mr. Bartolone, 62-year-old Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now facing charges of trying to smuttily rape a New York hotel maid, has warned him to “watch out and be careful” because “they could have tapped the phone.”
In his French TV interview Claude Bartolone dramatically confessed: “When I heard of his arrest on Sunday, I recalled this conversation and felt utterly baffled. I just can’t get over what has happened to him.”
Charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn include several upper-level crimes, including a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching.
The most serious crime of these implicates a punishment of up to 25 years in prison.
The former IMF chief’s lawyers posted $1 million in cash and a $5 million bond for his release. The $5 million is to be waived if bail conditions are broken.
He will stay in a safe place owned by a security company in New York, after his plans to live in a luxury apartment were dashed by occupants’ objections.
The court agreed to his release under strict terms, including electronic tagging and a 24-hour guard to stop him fleeing
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