Court will acquit Strauss-Kahn: lawyer

Mexico's then-Finance Minister Agustin Carstens (L) sits next to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) then-Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn during a closing news conference of the spring IMF-World Bank meeting at the IMF headquarters in Washington in this April 26, 2009 file photo. Mexico is leaning heavily toward nominating central bank chief Carstens to head the International Monetary Fund, a source familiar with the matter said. (REUTERS)

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty to sexual assault charges and will be acquitted, his lawyer told Israel's Haaretz newspaper on Sunday.

In an interview with the daily, Benjamin Brafman said he was confident his client would be acquitted on charges of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old hotel maid in a New York hotel.

"He'll plead not guilty and in the end he'll be acquitted," Brafman told Haaretz during a brief visit to Israel, where some of his family live.

"Nothing is certain, but from what I've discerned in the investigation, he will be acquitted... He has impressed me very much.

Despite the circumstances, he's doing well," Brafman said.

"He's not happy to have been accused of actions he didn't take," he added.

Brafman is known in the United States for having taken on several high-profile legal cases, including the defence of Michael Jackson and rapper Sean Combs.

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