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Strauss-Kahn ‘tried to claim diplomatic immunity’

NEW YORK (AFP) – Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn initially tried to claim diplomatic immunity when he was arrested over the attempted rape of a hotel maid, according to police transcripts. The transcripts, released by the prosecution on Thursday, showed that after Strauss-Kahn was led away by police from his Air France flight at JFK airport on May 14, some of his first words were: "I have diplomatic immunity." Later when being questioned by police downtown, Strauss-Kahn relented when asked if he had some kind of diplomatic status, saying: "No, no, no. I am not trying to use that, I just want to know if I need a lawyer." The International Monetary Fund, from…