St. Louis Case Similar to Strauss-Kahn’s Ends Differently


A St. Louis case this month resembles the one against former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City but it didn’t end the way Strauss Kahn’s is expected to, says St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan. Zafar Islamov, 64, a former official from the Republic of Uzbekistan, was accused by a hotel housekeeper of sexual assault. He denied it.

The defense argument was that Islamov would not have committed the crime because he has no sexual desire. A jury found him guilty, but the judge did not order him jailed immediately, and he did not show up in court again. McClellan notes that the U.S. has no extradition treaty with Uzbekistan.

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