Thursday, July 21, 2011
DSK Accuser May File Charges in France
DSK's New York accuser may file rape charges against him in France, since French penal law "is applicable to crimes and misdemeanors committed by French citizens outside the territory of the Republic." One begins to see a legal strategy behind the sudden alliance of lawyers Thompson and Koubbi. The latter had initially refused to combine the two cases, but a concerted strategy would keep charges against DSK alive in France even if Banon's accusation is reclassified as sexual assault rather than rape and therefore dismissed because the statute of limitations has run out. With criminal charges still pending, then, no matter what happens in New York on the Sofitel case and Paris on the Banon case, both lawyers will have more leverage in pressing DSK for a civil--read financial--settlement.