Monday, August 22, 2011

The Dismissal Request

Can be read here.

Vance Will Ask for Dismissal

Le procureur de New York a informé la défense de Nafissatou Diallo qu'il demandait l'abandon des poursuites contre Dominique Strauss-Kahn, lundi 22 août. Kenneth Thompson, l'avocat de Mme Diallo, a dénoncé un "déni de justice" au sortir de son entretien avec Cyrus Vance. Suivez les faits en direct sur Le (AFP)
Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, have filed papers officially requesting that all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, be dropped.
The papers, known as a dismissal on recommendation, were filed at 3:20 p.m. in Manhattan Supreme Court.
At about the same time, the lawyer for the hotel housekeeper who accused Mr. Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault emerged from a brief meeting with prosecutors Monday afternoon to offer harsh criticism of Mr. Vance. Read More:

Juan Cole on France and Libya


It is obvious that the French and the British led the charge on this intervention, likely because they believed that a protracted struggle over years between the opposition and Qaddafi in Libya would radicalize it and give an opening to al-Qaeda and so pose various threats to Europe. French President Nicolas Sarkozy had been politically mauled, as well, by the offer of his defense minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, to send French troops to assist Ben Ali in Tunisia (Alliot-Marie had been Ben Ali’s guest on fancy vacations), and may have wanted to restore traditional French cachet in the Arab world as well as to look decisive to his electorate. Whatever Western Europe’s motivations, they were the decisive ones, and the Obama administration clearly came along as a junior partner (something Sen. John McCain is complaining bitterly about).