Second IMF Chief In A Row Looks Set To Beat The Rap

Running the IMF starting to look like a political job in Chicago or Albany.
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Two peas in a pod. By IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Two peas in a pod. By IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The prosecutors making the corruption case against IMF chief Christine Lagarde think they’ve done a pretty bad job. Almost as bad a job as New York’s D.A. did against her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn five years ago, with likely the same result.

The prosecutor in the trial against Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, raised the chance that she would be acquitted of criminal charges linked to the misuse of public funds, after he called the case “very weak” on Thursday….

Wrapping up a four-day trial, Jean-Claude Marin, the public prosecutor, said the testimony presented did not appear to be sufficient to merit a conviction.

Well, not entirely the same result, of course, as Lagarde hasn’t resigned in disgrace and now probably won’t have to.

The Washington-based I.M.F. has said that while the case was a private matter, it retained confidence in her.

Lagarde Case Is ‘Weak,’ French Prosecutor Says, Raising Chances of Acquittal [NYT]
Earlier: Christine Lagarde Can Breathe Easy

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