Strauss Kahn in jail

No bail for Our Boy:

Washington had no extradition arrangement with Paris, he added. \”If he went to France, we would have no legal mechanism to guarantee his return,\” he said.

And one can see why.

Although I do find it remarkable that there\’s no extradition agreement between France and the US. I know that they don\’t have to extradite a French citizen (the Polanski case showed us that) but no agreement at all?

7 thoughts on “Strauss Kahn in jail”

  1. And how would he leave if they confiscated his passport? Would the French allow him to go to their embassy and get an emergency passport and leave the country with all the associated political problems that would come of it. And with the US borders watching out for him as well, or are the US border officials crap which is why they are locking him up – because they don’t trust their borders.

  2. It’s fairly standard for a country to be under no obligation for a country to extradite its own citizens to another country to face trial. France and the US do indeed have an extradition treaty.

    As we all know, the US-UK treaty enables the US authorities to take pretty much anyone in the UK to the US for any particular reason the US government fancies. The UK Act which gives legal effect to the treaty apparently contains US spellings in it, giving a bite-sized hint as to which country asked which for the treaty and showing how beautifully our recent Labour-dominated parliament was at scrutinising stuff.

  3. Does the US have an extradition treaty with Morocco? Monaco? or any of the other places where DSK has homes?
    I’m trying to persuade my friends that this isn’t an “affaire de moeurs” but an abuse of power. Like, millionaires shouldn’t force themselves on paupers, and the “droit de seigneur” doesn’t exist anymore, not even for the “gauche caviare”. So far, no luck.
    I’m beginning to wonder if it’s just pompous to take it seriously:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&v=DUv67o8er1k&annotation_id=annotation_38656
    Noone else seems to.

  4. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m stunned by the different way this case is being covered compared to the Silvio Berlusconi case, where the “polite society” media are practically braying for his conviction.

  5. I’ve just watched Inside Job on the plane, and was more than a little amused to find the producer’s star witnesses for the prosecution were Elliot Spitzer and Strauss-Kahn. 🙂

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    blokeinfrance – “I’m trying to persuade my friends that this isn’t an “affaire de moeurs” but an abuse of power. Like, millionaires shouldn’t force themselves on paupers, and the “droit de seigneur” doesn’t exist anymore, not even for the “gauche caviare”. So far, no luck.”

    Well at the risk of returning to an earlier argument around here, that’s the problem with Europe and America isn’t it? We sent all our Puritans there and so now the people left behind can’t believe the backward hicks on the other side of the Ocean give a damn about a little peccadillo like orally raping your maid. Hence it must be some sort of political plot.

    So far it looks like Puritans 1, Sophisticates 0.

    But we will see.

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