'He's obviously not in the position to run the IMF,' Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner said in response to a question at a New York
It was the first public comments by the treasury secretary about Mr
Strauss-Kahn, who has denied all charges. He faces a long prison sentence if
IMF spokesman William Murray said the Washington-based organisation has not
been in touch with Mr Strauss-Kahn since his arrest in the first-class section
of an Air France jet on Saturday afternoon.
'We have not had contact with the managing director since his arrest in New
York,' Mr Murray said in a statement.
'Obviously, it will be important to be in contact with him in due course. We
are aware of widespread speculation about the managing director's status.'
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it is important that the IMF can
continue to do its work, but said his government has not taken a view on whether
Mr Strauss-Kahn should resign.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Hague said Mr Strauss-Kahn is in a
'very difficult position' and will have to make his 'own decision about his
Mr Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a maid who entered his room
at the Sofitel Hotel believing it was empty.
The 62-year-old allegedly emerged from the shower naked and tried to force
himself on the woman, who was eventually able to fend off the attacks and run
out of the room.
The 32-year-old woman has not been identified and has not spoken publicly
about the alleged incident.
However, her lawyer Jeff Shapiro told CNN that his client was suffering from
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