Strauss-Kahn refused bail on sex assault charges

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to remain in police custody in New York after a Manhattan court on Monday decided he was a flight risk and denied him $1 million bail on sex assault charges. Strauss-Kahn, who until this weekend was tipped by opinion polls as the likely winner of next year's French presidential elections, faces up to 25 years in jail if found guilty of charges of perpetrating a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a chambermaid at a luxury New York hotel on Saturday. "This battle has just begun," announced defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to remain in police custody in New York after a Manhattan court on Monday denied him $1 million bail on sex assault charges after the judge considered he could attempt to flee.