DSK: lawyers appealed the Civil Procedure

The civil lawsuit between Dominique Strauss-Kahn Nafissatou Diallo entered its preparatory phase, which should last at least a year.

American lawyers of Dominique Strauss-Kahn called on Monday the decision of Justice Douglas McKeon to authorize the continuation of the civil proceeding against the former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The judge of the Supreme Court in the Bronx, a complaint in civil Nafissatou Diallo, maid at the Sofitel in Manhattan, said last month that Dominique Strauss-Kahn could not claim diplomatic immunity because of from the IMF at the time.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors' office in Manhattan, who had led the criminal proceedings there a year before abandoning the prosecution, took justice to prevent Naffisatou Diallo's lawyers access to their files. Prosecutors believe that the lawyers' request is "too broad" and stressed that the Strauss-Kahn case, in accordance with law, was "sealed" when the criminal proceeding was abandoned, and it can not be reopened that with the agreement of the former French Minister or order of a judge. The prosecutor also said that the transfer of the case to lawyers maid "violate the laws of secrecy" about the grand jury (People's Chamber of indictment).

NO IMMUNITY THEORY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CASE

Nafissatou Diallo accused the former Socialist minister of sexual assault in a suite at the Sofitel in Manhattan on May 14, 2011. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has admitted an "inappropriate relationship" and "morally wrong", but denies any coercion or violence. Criminal proceedings were discontinued in August due to inconsistencies in the testimony of the maid, his lawyers have turned to civil justice.

The Civil Court, lawyers of Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to argue that their client was entitled to immunity from prosecution as civil under a UN treaty in 1947. But McKeon judge rejected their request on May 1, noting that Mr. Strauss-Kahn had not invoked the immunity at the beginning of the case. The appeal filed Monday by his lawyers will be reviewed by an intermediate court in New York, or appellate division first department. "We believe that the 'first department' will affirm the decision of Judge McKeon," said Kenneth Thompson, a lawyer for Nafissatou Diallo.



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