Maid in Kahn case mulls civil action

Kenneth Thompson, a former assistant US attorney in New York, and Norman Siegel, a former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, took part in a meeting with the woman and her family on Wednesday afternoon.

“They decided that they should have enhanced representation,” said Jeffrey Shapiro, who had been the woman’s sole attorney until now.

Strauss-Kahn has been charged with sexually assaulting and attempting to rape the maid at the upscale Sofitel Hotel in New York on May 14. He was head of the International Monetary Fund and had been considered a contender in France’s presidential race until the incident took place.

Lagarde plans India visit

Amid dissenting voices raised by developing nations over a European holding top IMF post, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is planning to visit India, China and Brazil to drum up support for her bid to become the chief of the global lender.

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