One way or another

Be it financial or physical, the IMF is determined to rape you:

The leader of the International Monetary Fund was pulled from an airplane moments before he was to fly to Paris and was being questioned Saturday by police in connection with a sexual assault of a maid at a hotel, police said.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a candidate for president of France, was taken off the Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport by officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was turned over to police Saturday afternoon, said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department spokesman.

He was being questioned by the NYPD special victims office. No charges have yet been filed.

The 32-year-old woman told authorities that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s room at the Sofitel near Manhattan’s Times Square at about 1 p.m. Saturday and he emerged from the bedroom naked, threw her down and tried to sexually assault her, Browne said. She escaped and told hotel staff what had happened, authorities said. They called police.

When New York City police detectives arrived moments later, Strauss-Kahn had already left the hotel, leaving behind his cellphone and other personal items, Browne said. “It looked like he got out of there in a hurry,” Browne said.

It is with the cynicism borne of experience and observation that I await the news DSK will not be charged because tanks will patrol the streets and cats and dogs will start living together if any elite bank or banker is held accountable for their crimes. A little talk with the immigration authorities – the woman is a maid, after all – and a discreet payment in the low six digits should make this unfortunate little contretemps vanish in due course. How unsurprising that the Wall Street Journal headline describes the arrest as being for “alleged sexual assault” rather than “attempted rape”.

But it is worth noting that these are the sort of bastards who are supposedly going to save the global financial system. Out of the goodness of their hearts, of course.

UPDATE: DSK will almost certainly walk uncharged. He has diplomatic immunity. He could have murdered her after raping her and he still wouldn’t face charges.

United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies and Annex V1

Whereas the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted on 13 February 1946 a resolution contemplating the unification as far as possible of the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the United Nations and by the various specialized agencies; and

Whereas consultations concerning the implementation of the aforesaid resolution have taken place between the United Nations and the specialized agencies;

Consequently, by resolution 179(II) adopted on 21 November 1947, the General Assembly has approved the following Convention, which is submitted to the specialized agencies for acceptance and to every Member of the United Nations and to every other State member of one or more of the specialized agencies for accession.

ARTICLE I

Definition and Scope

SECTION 1

In this Convention:

(i) The words “standard clauses” refer to the provisions of Articles II to IX.

(ii) The words “specialized agencies” mean:

(a) The International Labour Organisation;

(b) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations;

(c) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;

(d) The International Civil Aviation Organization;

(e) The International Monetary Fund;

UPDATE 2: The Guardian says DSK does not have immunity: “Strauss-Kahn, who does not have diplomatic immunity as head of the IMF, is expected to be brought before a state court on Sunday.”

Here is hoping they nail the rat bankster. Pity he’s only being charged with the rape-rape instead of the financial variety.

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