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DSK Claimed Diplomatic Immunity When Arrested: Documents



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    When Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport last month on his way out of the country, police said he initially told them "I have diplomatic immunity." 

    When police asked him to show his papers, he answered: “It’s not in this passport, I have a second passport. Can I speak with someone from the French Consulate?”  

    Strauss-Kahn’s statements are contained in a Voluntary Disclosure Form given by prosecutors to defense lawyers and filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday. The documents contain summaries of what Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief, said as he was being questioned by detectives about his alleged sex attack on a hotel maid.

    He has pleaded not guilty.

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    Prosecutors also advised defense lawyers they will soon turn over DNA results, witness lists, video from security cameras and other evidence in the case for their review.  

    According to the documents, during his questioning, Strauss-Kahn told police he wanted to speak with his lawyer.

    DSK: "What is this about?"

    Police: "Manhattan Detectives need to speak with you about an incident in a hotel room."

    DSK: "Then I need to make a call and let them know I won’t be at my meeting tomorrow. These handcuffs are tight."

    Later, the one-time contender for the French presidency said again he needed his lawyer.

    DSK: “I would like to call my lawyer, Bill Taylor. I need my cell phone.”

    Police: "We’re going to have to wait for the detectives to come back. I don’t have access to your phone.”

    DSK: "Do I need a lawyer?”

    Police: "It is your right to have one in this country if you want. I don’t know if you have some kind of diplomatic status."

    DSK: "No, No, No. I’m not trying to use that. I just want to know if I need a lawyer."

    Police: "That is up to you."

    Later, he speaks with his attorney and tells police, ”My attorney has told me not to talk. I was ready to talk.”

    Strauss-Khan remains on home confinement in a $50,000 a month townhouse. He denies charges he attempted to rape a maid in his suite at the Sofitel Hotel last month. Defense lawyers have said there was no "forcible" encounter.

    During his time at the police station, the court filing shows Strauss-Kahn was given eggs, coffee and a sandwich while awaiting to be moved to court for his hearing.