Putin says Strauss-Kahn sex assault charges may be conspiracy to bring him down

Moscow, May 30 (ANI): Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has defended former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn declaring that the sex-assault charges against him could likely be bogus and hinting that they may be part of a conspiracy to bring the him down.

"It is hard for me to evaluate the hidden political motives," the New York Post quoted Putin, as saying.

"But I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced. It doesn't sit right in my head," he added.

Putin is the first world leader to push the conspiracy claim.

Ironically, Strauss-Khan, in the days before his arrest, had reportedly said that he believed Putin was plotting to undermine his position as head of the International Monetary Fund.

He said the Russians, notably Putin, allied themselves with France to try to have him fired from the IMF, to stop him running for president.

Strauss-Kahn has been charged with a criminal sex act and attempted rape over the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid.

However, his supporters claim it is an international scheme to destroy the IMF head and his hopes of the French presidency. (ANI)