Dominique Strauss-Kahn Asserts Diplomatic Immunity in Maid's Civil Suit
Dominique Strauss-Kahn didn't have dipolmatic immunity in the criminal case with the New York hotel maid, but are civil cases different? Strauss-Kahn filed a motion to dismiss Nafassitou Diallo's lawsuit today saying the court lacked jurisdiction over him. The NY Daily News reports:
in the court papers, Strauss-Kahn's lawyers argued that a different standard, the UN Specialized Agencies Convention, grants the top official of international organizations like the IMF "absolute diplomatic immunity."
That the United States never signed on the Specialized Agencies Convention is of no matter, the lawyers argued, because so many other countries have signed it. It has now "achieved the status of what is known as customary international law," they said.
Diallo's lawyer continues with the over-the-top media quips:
"This baseless motion is another desperate attempt to avoid having to answer for the deplorable acts he committed against Ms. Diallo." (My emphasis)
DSK's lawyers also filed a motion to strike "paragraphs in Diallo's lawsuit that detail the encounter as fact from her perspective."
I haven't seen a copy of the pleadings (the case is in state court and not on PACER) so I can't say whether I think he's got a good claim. (Update: The motion is here, thanks to Marie Juliette in comments. I'll update again after I've read it.)
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