An American observer comments on French politics.
To be fair, this doesn't seem like something a person who just tried to rape a chambermaid would have done. However, he must have known that, in any case, the phone could be linked back to him.
On the other hand calling in gives a more natural look to his behavior. It could have been a bit of "secondary revision" after the fact giving a little touch up to the look of his mistake. That's a hypothesis not the way I say things were.
RMC is saying this:Selon nos informations, les avocats de DSK auraient reconstitué son emploi du temps. Il aurait quitté l’hôtel à midi, soit une heure avant l’heure supposée de l’agression de la femme de chambre. Il aurait à ce moment-là demandé sa note et rendu les clefs à la réception.Des preuves d'un déjeuner avec sa filleDominique Strauss-Kahn aurait alors rejoint sa fille pour déjeuner dans un restaurant new-yorkais. La défense s’apprête à donner des preuves matérielles et des témoignages de ce déjeuner. Il aurait ensuite pris un taxi pour l’aéroport. Une fois arrivé à JFK, DSK se serait rendu compte de l’oubli d’un de ses téléphones portables à l’hôtel. Il aurait donc appelé la réception pour s’assurer que ce portable lui soit retourné. C’est cet appel qui a donc permis aux policiers de le localiser et de l’intercepter. Ces derniers faits ont été confirmés par la police ce lundi matin.http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/161765/exclusif-lalibi-de-dsk-pour-sinnocenter/
Well if those were the indeed facts - that he paid and checked out at noon and not after 1pm and then had lunch with his daughter - the police would surely have figured this out before they arrested him since they were at the hotel first from speaking to staff and looking at the time of the transaction when DSK paid. The lunch with his daughter - we'll this came up yesterday also and the hypothesis was suggested that he had lunch before checking out. So when did he have lunch?
Obviously, then the question will be what time the taxi took him to the airport and what time he checked in for the flight. There will presumably be a record of that.
@steven, the driver of the car/limo has already been interviewed. If I remember rightly, this is mentioned in the lead article of today's Ny Times. He is quoted as saying that DSK was in a hurry to get to the airport, but the time is not mentioned. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/nyregion/maid-picks-imf-chief-as-attacker-in-lineup.html?hp
Right, but I believe departure and arrival times are normally recorded by the dispatcher, and this information should be available, as should the check-in time at the airport. Obviously, if these times are early enough, that's a strong point in defense of DFK's version. If not...
This case demands more than a presumption of innocence. It deserves a presumption of SET-UP. Too many people have too much to gain for anyone to grant the accuser the benefit of the doubt. The prosecution argued at today's bail hearing that hotel lobby video showed DSK hurrying. Excuse me. Hurrying makes you look guilty? I guess I'm in big trouble. DSK is surely ruined, and if the stories prove out, he has made some amazingly stupid moves over the years, but for the time being, Can we spell Kobe Bryant??
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