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Connecticut home invasion: second man sentenced to death December 10, 2011

A jury condemned a man to death Friday for raping and strangling a woman and killing her two daughters in an attack that led to the defeat of a bill to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut and was compared to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

Joshua Komisarjevsky will join his accomplice Steven Hayes on Connecticut’s death row. The jury rejected defence attorneys’ request to spare his life in light of the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy.

The two paroled burglars tormented a family of four before killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and leaving her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, to die. The girls died of smoke inhalation after they were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline before the house was set ablaze.

In closing arguments, a prosecutor said the two men created “the ultimate house of horrors” by inflicting extreme psychological and physical pain.

“It was shockingly brutal. It was evil. It was vicious,” prosecutor Gary Nicholson said.

The only survivor, Dr William Petit, was beaten with a baseball bat and tied up but managed to escape. He appeared calm as the verdict was pronounced, his eyes blinking rapidly.

The crime in the affluent suburb in 2007 led to tougher state laws for repeat offenders and home invasions.

Before the verdict was announced, defence attorney Walter Bansley said his client was prepared for a death sentence.

“He’s very accepting,” Bansley said. “He’s been realistic from the beginning and he understood that public sentiment is very much against him.”

Komisarjevsky will join 10 other men on Connecticut’s death row. The state has executed only one man since 1960, and the 31-year-old Komisarjevsky will likely spend years, if not decades, in prison.

In arguing for a life sentence, his lawyers said his ultra-religious family never got Komisarjevsky proper psychological help after he was repeatedly sexually abused as a child by his foster brother.

“The only option he ever had was to go through life damaged,” Bansley said in his closing argument.

Hayes was convicted last year of raping and strangling Hawke-Petit and killing the girls. Komisarjevsky was convicted on 13 October of the killings and of sexually assaulting Michaela.

Komisarjevsky admitted in an audiotaped confession played for the jury that he spotted Hawke-Petit and Michaela at a supermarket and followed them home. After putting his daughter to bed, he and Hayes returned to the Petit house in the middle of the night to rob it.

The men blamed each other for escalating the crime.

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ICC Requests Arrest Warrant for Sudanese Defense Minister December 3, 2011

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s defense minister, who allegedly helped to plan atrocities in the Darfur region.

Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein is accused of coordinating attacks against villages in Darfur between August 2003 and March 2004.

The prosecutor’s office says the attacks followed a pattern in which the villages were surrounded, bombed by the Sudanese air force, and then attacked by troops and “Janjaweed” militia, who killed and raped villagers.

Sudan’s foreign ministry dismissed the move as politically motivated.  It says prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo timed the request to coincide with what it called victories by Sudanese government forces against rebels in the states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

A panel of judges at the Hague-based court must now review the evidence and decide whether to issue a warrant for Hussein’s arrest.

At the time of the attacks, Hussein was Sudan’s interior minister and President Omar al-Bashir’s special representative in Darfur.

The ICC has already indicted President Bashir and another top official on charges of masterminding a campaign of murder, rape, and other crimes in Darfur.

Bashir has so far avoided arrest by traveling only to countries that will not hand him to the ICC.

Rebels in Darfur took up arms against the Bashir government in 2003, accusing the government of neglecting their region. The U.N. says more than 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and 2.7 million others displaced.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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US students arrested in Tahrir Square November 22, 2011

Violence continues in Tahrir Square Link to this video

The US embassy in Cairo is investigating the detention of three US students accused of throwing petrol bombs at security forces in Tahrir Square.

The three, all students at the American University in Cairo, were arrested during clashes outside the interior ministry on Monday, authorities said.

They were identified as Luke Gates, a 21-year-old exchange student from Bloomington, Indiana, who attends Indiana University, 19-year-old Gregory Porter, of Drexel University, and Derrik Sweeney, a Georgetown University student from Jefferson City, Missouri.

Adel Saeed, a spokesman for the Egyptian general prosecutor’s office, told CNN: “The three boys were throwing Molotov cocktails, and had no passports on them when they were picked up. They have been questioned by the police and will be further investigated by the Cairo prosecutor.”

Egyptian state television showed footage of the three men standing against a wall, with pictures of their driving licences and ID cards spread out next to what it said were petrol bombs.

Further footage, allegedly taken in Tahrir Square, showed demonstrators – at least one of whom was wearing a mask – with Caucasian features, including a young man with blond hair.

Sweeney’s sister Nicole told the Guardian via email that her brother was being held at a courthouse rather than a prison.

She said: “The response from the state department has largely been one of ‘we’ll let you know when we know more’, but the only contact has been that initiated by my parents.

“They do know that he’s being detained at a courthouse, rather than a prison, which we assume is a good thing.”

Sweeney was an intern for the Republican congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer from February to May 2011, working in his Washington office. Luetkemeyer’s spokesman, Paul Sloca, said he had been in contact with the state department.

“Our primary concern is that he is safe and being treated fairly,” he said.

Sloco said Sweeney, who answered phone and attended meetings for Leutkemeyer, had come highly recommended and was “very outgoing, a good intern”.

Egypt‘s generals have claimed foreign intervention is behind some of the violence in Cairo. Since the Egyptian revolution began at the start of the year, thousands of foreign activists have flocked to Cairo in solidarity with the aims of the Arab Spring.

Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements, including in the UK, have issued statements of solidarity with Tahrir Square protesters. Occupy Wall Street voted at a general assembly to send 20 election observers to Egypt at a cost of $29,000 (£18,000).

The arrest of the three students was announced as Egyptians began flowing to Tahrir Square for a fourth day of protests, despite a crackdown by police in which at least 29 people have been killed.

Activists hoped to increase the number of protesters in the square, which was the epicentre of the revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

The violence continued, with security forces, backed by military troops, firing volleys of teargas and rubber bullets to block protesters, who responded by hurling stones and firebombs. The two sides have been engaged in intense clashes since the unrest began on Saturday.

State TV reported that three people were killed in the Suez canal city of Ismailia, east of Cairo, overnight.

Hundreds of protesters arrived early on Tuesday to join several thousand who have been camping on Tahrir Square. The crowds hoisted a giant Egyptian flag and chanted slogans demanding that the generals immediately step down in favour of a civilian presidential council.

One man held a sign reading “ministry of thuggery” with photos of Mubarak, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the senior military ruler, the prime minister, Essam Sharaf, and others.

A few hundred young men nearby chanted “say it, don’t fear, the council must go” and “the people want to execute the field marshal”.

On Monday, the civilian cabinet of Sharaf submitted its resignation to the military council, a move that had been widely expected given the government’s perceived inefficiency and its almost complete subordination to the generals.

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ICC Prosecutor: Libya May Try Gadhafi’s Son

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says the captured son of Moammar Gadhafi may be tried in Libya rather than in The Hague, as long as the trial meets ICC standards.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo met officials in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Tuesday, as the country’s National Transitional Council prepared to name a new Cabinet that will govern until the country holds its first elections since the ouster of its dictator.


International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo (C) visits Tripoli November 22, 2011

The ICC has indicted Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, and Gadhafi’s former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, for crimes against humanity. Libyan transitional fighters recently captured the men in separate raids in the country’s southern desert.

International rights groups say the two men will not get fair trials in Libya. The country lacks an established judicial system after 42 years of rule by Gadhafi, who deliberately kept state institutions weak.

Libya’s transitional Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib is expected to name the ministers of his government on Tuesday. Speaking Monday, he said he tried to pick people who are competent and representative of all Libyan regions. The prime minister made the comments in Tripoli at a joint news conference with visiting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

Rice told the Tripoli news conference that Libya’s friends and neighbors must respect the country’s sovereignty when considering the issue of where to hold the trials of Gadhafi’s son and intelligence chief.

The U.N. Security Council authorized the ICC to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Libya earlier this year, but the tribunal can only prosecute alleged perpetrators if a country itself is unwilling or unable to do so.

“Neither we nor anyone else near or far can impose our will or our interests on the government of Libya, but rather we will be partners that respond first and foremost to your interests and your needs,” said Rice.

U.S. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland called on Libyan authorities to deal with all prisoners humanely.

“We have in general terms and now in very specific terms with regard to Seif appealed to all parties in Libya to ensure the humane treatment of prisoners in their custody and to ensure that independent monitors have access to him and to prepare a judicial process that meets international standards,” said Nuland.

Gadhafi was killed in October as transitional forces took control of his hometown of Sirte.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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ICC Trying to Secure Surrender of Gadhafi Son, Spy Chief November 3, 2011

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says his office has been “galvanizing efforts” to bring a son of Moammar Gadhafi to justice as well as the former Libyan leader’s spy chief.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo says efforts are underway to secure the surrender of Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, as part of a broader probe into alleged war crimes committed by pro-Gadhafi forces, revolutionary fighters and NATO.

He says his office is also examining whether former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi ordered mass rapes to persecute those considered Libyan dissidents or rebels. The exact whereabouts of both men are unknown.

The ICC prosecutor commented on Wednesday in remarks to the United Nations Security Council.  

He said a probe has been launched concerning alleged crimes committed by Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), including the detentions of civilians suspected of being mercenaries and the killing of detained combatants.  

Rights groups have said NTC fighters singled out sub-Saharan African migrant workers for arbitrary arrest due to assumptions they supported Gadhafi.

Moreno-Ocampo did not provide details of possible crimes by NATO forces.  However, western allies, have denied allegations they deliberately targeted civilians during NATO’s seven-month bombing campaign against pro-Gadhafi forces, which ended Monday.

The ICC prosecutor said his office has been informed that Libya’s new leaders will look into the circumstances surrounding Gadhafi’s death.  Libyan Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the council Tripoli would ensure all those involved in crimes not covered by ICC jurisdiction receive “transparent investigations and fair and just trials in Libyan courts.”

Earlier Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used a visit to Libya to urge the country’s new leaders to secure weapons stockpiled by the former government.

Ban said it is particularly important to secure stocks of shoulder-fired missiles and chemical and biological weapons. Some of those arsenals were left unguarded during the chaotic outcome of Libya’s popular uprising this year.

The U.N. Security Council warned in a resolution Monday of the risk that terrorists and other armed groups in the region could gain access to the Gadhafi government’s weapons.

Ban, visiting Libya for the first time since the uprising began in March, told NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil the United Nations will support the Libyan people in their transition to democracy.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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Fugitive Son of Libya’s Gadhafi Discusses Possible Surrender October 29, 2011

Informal talks are underway between a fugitive son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the International Criminal Court.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi is wanted by the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity. He is accused of killing civilian protesters during the uprising against his father’s regime.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says intermediaries have been in touch with Seif al-Islam Gadhafi to make sure he will receive a fair trial.  On Saturday, Reuters news quoted the prosecutor as saying Seif al-Islam had told intermediaries that he is innocent of the charges.

Seif al-Islam is believed to be traveling through the Sahara to a neighboring African country.

Meanwhile, NATO is preparing to wrap up its seven-month-old Libya mission on Monday.

NATO ministers approved a resolution, Friday, that will terminate the alliance’s air campaign. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance’s “military job is now done” and NATO will conclude the mission in a “considered and controlled manner.”

NATO made its decision a day after the U.N. Security Council voted to cancel its mandate that established the mission.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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Michael Jackson trial: ‘I would diagnose him as physically dependent’- video October 28, 2011

Dr Robert Waldman tells court the singer was receiving “above average doses” of the painkiller Demerol when questioned by prosecutor David Walgren

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Amanda Knox flies home as prosecutor vows to launch appeal October 4, 2011

Meredith Kercher’s family says they still have no answers regarding the death of the British student. Link to this video

Amanda Knox is flying back to her native Seattle as the prosecutor who led the investigation into the murder of Meredith Kercher indicated he would seek to overturn her acquittal and that of her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in Italy‘s top appeals court.

The murdered Briton’s family, who will be returning to London on Tuesday after hearing the appeal decision, expressed bewilderment and frustration at the outcome.

Lyle Kercher, her brother, told a press conference: “While we accept the decision that was handed down yesterday, respect the court, and obviously the Italian justice system, we do find now that we are looking at this again and thinking how a decision that was so certain two years ago has been so emphatically overturned now.”

The Italy-US Foundation, which has championed Knox’s cause, said the American was at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome boarding a flight to London, where she would catch a connecting flight to the United States. Knox was believed to have been escorted by police through a non-public entrance to the airport.

Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor who led the investigation, said he was confident the court of cassation, Italy’s highest appeals tribunal, would deliver justice. Lyle Kercher said he understood that Mignini intended to take the case further.

Though Knox was acquitted of murdering her British flatmate, she was given a heavier sentence for slandering her former employer, a Congolese bar owner. In a statement to police, signed without the assistance of a lawyer, she said Diya “Patrick” Lumumba was the murderer. Lumumba spent a brief period in jail as a result.

“What was the motive for the slander if she was not involved in the murder?” asked Mignini.

A fourth person, Rudy Guede, was later found to have been at the scene of the crime. He was tried in separate proceedings and convicted of Kercher’s murder. He lost two subsequent appeals.

Mignini remarked that the court of cassation had accepted the view that Guede did not act alone. The point was echoed by Lyle Kercher.

“If the two who were released yesterday were not the guilty parties, we are left wondering who are the other person or people and for us it feels very much like back to square one,” he told reporters.

The Italian justice system envisages a trial, appeal and second appeal to the court of cassation. But the second appeal normally only considers points of law or procedure.

An appeal to Italy’s supreme court is open to both sides in a case. But Lyle Kercher noted that Mignini would need authorisation from his superiors to go further.

The prosecutor has previously argued that the review of DNA evidence ordered by the appeal court – which cleared the way for the acquittal of Knox and Sollecito – could be ruled null and void by the court of cassation since such reviews must be ordered at a defendant’s first trial.

If the Rome court ordered the appeal to be restaged, it would most likely be held in Florence, said Mignini, who left the hearing on Monday night without making any comment on the outcome. He criticised the media’s focus on the American student.

“I have never seen such media pressure. We can’t go on like this,” he said.

So far the Kerchers’ lawyer has aligned them in court four-square behind the prosecution’s case that the victim died resisting a violent, four-way sex game. But the press conference saw the family hit a more sceptical note.

Meredith Kercher’s sister, Stephanie, said: “We don’t want the wrong people put away for a crime they didn’t commit.” The press conference also revealed that the family’s chief legal representative, Francesco Maresca, had stopped Sollecito’s father from talking to the Kerchers after the verdict.

Maresca said: “Yesterday, in front of the bench in court, did not seem to me to be the best moment.”

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Michael Jackson doctor trial begins with jury told of singer’s final moments September 28, 2011

More than two years after Michael Jackson‘s death from an overdose of a powerful surgical anaesthetic, the irrepressible circus surrounding the King of Pop was back in full swing on Tuesday as the personal physician who attended to him in his dying hours stood trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Fans with gold “MJ” armbands and T-shirts bearing the silkscreen likeness of their idol crammed the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for a glimpse of the courtroom entourage – and a shot at one of the few open seats in the public gallery. Bloggers, gossip columnists and news crews were also out in force, just as they were at Jackson’s child molestation trial in 2005 and at the rehearsals for the ill-fated final tour – hauntingly named This Is It – that never took place in 2009.

Inside judge Michael Pastor’s courtroom, an altogether more sober David Walgren, representing the district attorney’s office, delivered an opening statement laying out the evidence that Conrad Murray was single-handedly responsible for Jackson’s death.

“The acts and omissions of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, directly led to his premature death at the age of 50,” Walgren said. “He … repeatedly acted with gross negligence, repeatedly denied appropriate care to his patient … it was Dr Murray’s repeated incompetent and unskilled acts that led to Michael Jackon’s death.”

Using a video monitor to present still photographs, charts, extracts from voicemail and other recordings, Walgren walked the jury through Jackson’s final two and a half months. Grim photos of Jackson lying dead in a hospital bed were juxtaposed with a picture of the singer rehearsing the day before his death.

In that period, Murray ordered a staggering 15.5 litres of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, the prosecutor said. Walgren alleged that Murray relied on the drug – which Jackson referred to as his “milk” – to get the singer to sleep every night, even though it has no known application as a sleeping aid, and routinely administered it without monitoring equipment to check Jackson’s response.

The prosecutor gave a stark narrative of how Murray realised he had lost his patient – apparently while he was on the phone to a cocktail waitress he regarded as his girlfriend – on the morning of 25 June 2009. This was just moments after he emailed an insurance agent for Jackson’s upcoming tour and said that press reports of health problems were entirely “fallacious”.

Walgren said Murray did not ask his girlfriend, Sade Anding, to call the emergency services. Nor did he ask Jackson’s personal assistant, Michael Williams, when they spoke about 20 minutes later. Instead, according to the prosecutor, Murray said “Mr Jackson had a bad reaction” and urged Williams to come over to the star’s plush hillside mansion right away.

When the paramedics who eventually arrived asked Murray what he had given Jackson, he made no mention of propofol. Nor did he mention it to the emergency room team at UCLA Medical Center where Jackson was pronounced dead shortly after.

Only two days after Jackson’s death, according to Walgren, did he acknowledge to the police that he had administered the drug – and then said he had injected just 25mg, diluted with another drug called lidocaine. “The evidence will reveal that much more than 25mg was given to put Michael Jackson to sleep,” Walgren told the jury.

Murray, crisply dressed in a white shirt and pale blue tie, showed no reaction as Walgren painted him as a man willing to abandon his medical responsibilities to earn a lucrative $150,000 per month paycheque. He was equally impassive as Walgren characterised his activities in the minutes after realising Jackson was dead as those of a man frantic not to be caught.

Also in attendance were Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine, and his magician, Majestic Magnificent.

Walgren described how Alberto Alvarez, who also worked for Jackson, came into the upstairs bedroom where Jackson’s lifeless body was laid out on the all-white bed covers and saw Murray administering CPR with one hand. Murray, according to Alvarez’s testimony, told him to grab a bag and started filling it with medicine vials and a saline bag which he told Alvarez to get rid of.

Alvarez was also struck by the sight of a catheter running out of Jackson’s penis – a urine-collecting device usually used on patients knocked unconscious for major surgery. A jug of urine sat on a chair, and the jacket and trousers Jackson had worn to a rehearsal the night before lay strewn on the floor.

Walgren’s opening statement was relatively brief, lasting about an hour and half, and was expected to be followed by the defence. Murray’s lawyers have previously indicated they intend to place much of the blame for the death on Jackson himself, characterising him as a propofol addict whom Murray tried in vain to wean away from the drug.

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California cop pleads not guilty to murder in beating September 27, 2011

Los Angeles (CNN) — A Fullerton, California, police officer pleaded not guilty Monday after being charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man, an official in a local prosecutor’s office said.

Manuel Ramos, 37, a 10-year veteran of the Fullerton police department, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. His next scheduled court date is for a pretrial hearing November 4, according to Susan Kang Schroeder, the chief of staff in the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

His bail remains at $1 million after Judge Erick L. Larsh denied the defendant’s request to reduce that amount, Schroeder said.

On Wednesday, another officer in the department, Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli, pleaded not guilty on counts of involuntary manslaughter and felony use of excessive force in the same case. He was released on $25,000 bail, according to his attorney and a spokeswoman for the prosecutor.

Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia, was beaten by police during an altercation July 5 and died five days later. The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations in his case.

The case drew widespread attention to the police department of Fullerton, about 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Two other allegations of brutality at the hands of city police have surfaced since, one of which led Officer Kenton Hampton to be placed on paid leave, a department spokesman said.

Six Fullerton officers, including Ramos and Cicinelli, were put on leave after Thomas’ death. The Orange County District Attorney’s office said this month that no charges were filed against the other four because “the evidence does not show knowing participation in an unlawful act on the part of these officers.”

Besides sorting through physical and other evidence, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and fellow prosecutors viewed 16 minutes of bus depot surveillance video showing what happened.

Thomas suffered brain injuries, facial fractures, rib fractures, and extensive bruising and abrasions, the prosecutor’s office said. The Orange County coroner listed his manner of death as a homicide and said he died after having his chest compressed, leaving him unable to breathe.

Ramos had made initial contact with Thomas — whom he knew as a “homeless drifter” — after police received a call about a homeless man looking in car windows and pulling on handles of parked cars, Rackauckas said.

“He lifted his fists to Kelly Thomas and he said, ‘You see my fist? Now they’re getting to ready to F you up,’ ” Rackauckas said, using “F” instead of the full profanity.

The district attorney said Ramos’ conduct was unacceptable and “not protecting and serving” the public.

“Ramos had to know that he was creating a situation where Kelly Thomas feared for his life and was struggling to get away from an armed officer who was going to F him up,” Rackauckas said.

Cicinelli arrived at the scene later. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly assaulted and beat Thomas, including using the front end of his Taser to hit the victim on the head and face eight times while he was pinned to the ground by other officers.

At that point, Thomas was making no audible sounds, indicating that he was “down and seriously injured,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Last week, the arraignment for Ramos was pushed back until Monday at the request of his attorneys.

At the time, the victim’s father, Ron Thomas, urged the judge not to reduce Ramos’ bail — then, and now, at $1 million — because of “the horrible manner in which my son was murdered.”

If convicted on all counts, Ramos could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, authorities said.

CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: sex with maid was ‘moral fault’ September 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn insisted there was no “aggression or constraint” involved in his sex with a hotel chambermaid who accused him of attempted rape, but admitted he was guilty of a “moral fault”.

In his first public explanation of events leading up to his arrest in New York in May and imprisonment on charges – later dropped – of attacking the woman, Strauss-Kahn swung from punchy to contrite.

The chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, a single mother from Guinea, had, he insisted, “lied about everything”. “That’s what the prosecutor’s report says. You have to read it carefully,” he told news presenter Claire Chazal, a friend of his wife, the former television star and wealthy heiress Anne Sinclair, during the prime-time 8pm news programme on TF1.

Several times during the interview, the former head of the IMF, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and navy tie, waved what he said was the report from the New York prosecutor, Cyrus Vance, justifying why the charges against him were dropped. Strauss-Kahn had denied forcing Diallo, 32, to perform oral sex in his hotel suite in the seven minutes after she arrived to clean the room and he left to have lunch with his daughter, insisting that the relationship was consensual.

“There was nothing violent, no constraint, no aggression, nothing criminal about what happened; that’s what’s the prosecutor said, not me,” he said at the beginning of the 23-minute interview, and repeated shortly afterwards.

He added: “What happened was not only inappropriate, it was more than that, it was a fault; a fault towards my wife, my children, my friends, but also a fault towards the French people, who placed in me their hope for change.”

Asked if he had paid for sex with Diallo, he replied, “No.”

“It was worse than a weakness, it was a moral fault of which I am not proud. I regret it infinitely. I have regretted it every day for the last four months and I don’t believe I have finished regretting it,” he said.

“The prosecutor’s report – and you have to read it attentively – accuses me of nothing that caused injuries. There is no trace of violence or injury either on her on me.”

Asked why he thought Diallo had made the accusation, he said: “That is for her to say. People have put forward various hypotheses: the financial hypothesis …”

“Nafissatou Diallo lied about everything. It’s not me saying that – it’s in the prosecutor’s report. She didn’t just lie about her background – that wasn’t important – she lied about the facts.”

Waving the report, he insisted: “It’s written here in his report that she ‘presented so many versions of what happened, we cannot believe her … every interview we had with her she lied’.

“He said it was ‘surreal’ – that was the word he used, ‘surreal’ – to see at each interview that she went back on what she had said the interview before. The whole story she invented was a lie.”

Before the interview, Diallo’s New York lawyers, who have filed a civil suit on her behalf, went on the attack.

“If Mr Strauss-Kahn thinks that people in France will really believe that he was able to convince Ms Diallo, who had never met him before and did not know that he was in the room, to engage in sexual acts with him within a matter of minutes, then he should describe how that happened,” Diallo’s lawyers said in a statement.

On Sunday night, Strauss-Kahn said the French might find it “curious” that when criminal charges had been dropped, someone could still bring a civil case, but added: “That’s the way it is in the United States.”

Asked how he had felt being paraded by the New York police in handcuffs, he said: “I was afraid. I was very, very afraid. When you are in a crunching machine like that [the US justice system], you have the impression it is crushing you to death. I felt ground under its heel, humiliated, and I wasn’t able to say a word. I have suffered a violent experience.”

Some in France have suggested that Strauss-Kahn, the man seen as the opposition socialists’ hope of ousting Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential election, was a victim of a conspiracy. Asked if he agreed, he again waved the prosecutor’s report. “We will see,” he said. “We will see.”

After this point, Strauss-Kahn became less combative and defiant and more reflective, almost emotional.

He praised his wife as an “exceptional woman” whom he was lucky to have at his side. “She would not have supported me if for one second she thought I was not innocent,” he said.

Strauss-Kahn justified spending £35,000 a month on a town house while released on bail, saying he had no choice: “It was that or returning to Rikers Island,” he said, referring to the the notorious New York prison where he was held for several days after his arrest.

The former French government minister is facing a second allegation of attempted rape in France. Writer and journalist Tristane Banon claims he jumped on her like a “rutting chimpanzee” when she went to interview him in February 2003.

Strauss-Kahn described the 32-year-old Banon’s accusation as “imaginary and slanderous” and said he was taking legal action against her.

He also denied that he had a problem with women, as claimed by Piroska Nagy, a Hungarian economist who worked at the IMF and who had a brief affair with Strauss-Kahn in 2007. In a letter to the IMF afterwards, Nagy, who was married, suggested he had used his power to have a relationship with her. “I was damned if I did, and damned if I didn’t,” she wrote, adding that Strauss-Kahn was “a man with a problem that may make him ill-equipped to lead an institution where women work under his command”.

“Au contraire. I respect women,” Strauss-Kahn insisted to Chazal.

Strauss-Kahn admitted he had wanted to stand in the presidential elections, but said he would not comment on the current Socialist party primary campaign to select a replacement candidate.

Chazal moved on to safer ground with questions about the current financial crisis, during which Strauss-Kahn appeared to perk up and regain the stridency he had shown at the beginning of the interview.

Asked what the future held, he refused to rule out a return to politics, saying he had “devoted his life to being useful to the people”.

“We will see,” he concluded.

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