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The former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a hotel maid

The former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a hotel maid

The former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a hotel maid

The former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a maid at a Manhattan hotel, just weeks after the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on similar allegations.

Police said Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar was arrested at the Pierre Hotel on Monday morning.

The 74-year-old businessman is accused of sexually abusing the maid and holding her against her will inside his hotel room.

Police said the incident happened on Sunday night.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said detectives found the complainant to be credible.

Mr Omar is the former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria.

Strauss-Kahn quit as the leader of the International Monetary Fund on May 18 after he was charged with sexually assaulting a maid at a different city hotel.

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He has denied the allegations, but is under house arrest as he awaits trial.


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