In a possible setback to Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defense, the IMF said in a statement that its managing director will not enjoy diplomatic immunity in the sexual assault case against him.
"The (managing director's) immunities are limited and are not applicable to this case," said William Murray, an IMF spokesman.
Strauss-Kahn was denied bail Monday on attempted rape and other criminal charges stemming from alleged events in a New York City hotel, and prosecutors said they are investigating whether he may have engaged in similar conduct before.
Separately, the New York Post reported that Strauss-Kahn’s defense will assert that the alleged sexual encounter with a hotel maid was consensual, according to the New York Post.
The Post quotes an anonymous source as saying that “there may well have been consent”, following statements from Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer during his arraignment in a New York court yesterday. Previous media reports had suggested that his defence would hinge on an alibi from his daughter.