IMF Director Transferred to New York Prison

Washington, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn of France, was transferred to a New York prison after an arraignment hearing on the sex scandal.

On Monday, Strauss-Kahn spent his first night at the Rikers Island prison complex, where he was transferred after Judge Melissa Jackson denied him bail.

Jackson cited flight risk when she ordered Strauss-Kahn detained until Friday, May 20, the date of his next hearing.

The district attorneyâ�Ös office brought seven charges against Strauss-Kahn, including criminal sexual act, attempted rape and illegal imprisonment, after a 32-year employee of the Sofitel Hotel in New York accused him of assaulting her.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested Saturday at JFK International Airport aboard an Air France flight that was about to take off for France.

The IMF appointed acting managing director John Lipsky of the United States as its interim chief.

Strauss-Kahn, a member of the French Socialist Party, had been a favorite in the polls as a possible presidential candidate for the 2012 elections.

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