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IMF Head Strauss-Kahn To Undergo Tests Over Sex Charge


(RFE/RL) — The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn has consented to a medical examination over allegations of sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested on May 14, denies attacking and attempting to rape a hotel maid.

He had been due to appear in court on May 16 but the hearing has been postponed to allow the forensic tests to be carried out.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF Managing Director
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF Managing Director

New York police arrested Strauss-Kahn, 62, on a plane to Paris about to take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said Strauss-Kahn had been charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment.

Strauss-Kahn denies the charges.

Police say the maid has now formally identified him in a line-up.

Strauss-Kahn had been scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 15, but the meeting has been cancelled.

On May 16, he was to attend a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Brussels to discuss the bailouts of Portugal and Greece.

Reports say John Lipsky will be acting IMF managing director in Strauss-Kahn’s absence.

The IMF has postponed for a day its executive board meeting in the wake of the arrest of Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn was also considered a possible Socialist candidate for the presidency.

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