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Wednesday
Jun012011

Egyptian Banker Charged with Sexually Abusing Maid Arraigned

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, the Egyptian former bank chairman who was arrested at a New York hotel earlier this week for allegedly sexually abusing a maid, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday night.

The judge presiding over the arraignment set Omar's bail at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.  The 74-year-old was also ordered to surrender all of his travel documents.

The case was adjourned until June 3, allowing Omar time to hire a private lawyer.  He was represented by an attorney from Legal Aid Services at his arraignment.

Omar was arrested Monday morning at Pierre Hotel on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.

According to sources, the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the 44-year-old maid into his room.  Sources told ABC News that when the maid arrived, Omar asked her to leave the tissues he had requested on a table inside his room.  Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Omar then allegedly grabbed the maid, kissed her and fondled her breasts and buttocks.  She fought him off and, according to sources, told him she wasn't there for that.  He then grabbed her again.  This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him.  He then asked for her phone number.  She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt.  He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

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Tuesday
May312011

Egyptian Banker Arrested on Sex Crime Allegation by Maid at NY Hotel

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A prominent, 74-year-old Egyptian former bank chairman, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, was arrested at New York's Pierre Hotel Monday morning in connection with an alleged sex assault Sunday on a 44-year-old room maid.

The attack allegedly took place when the woman delivered tissues Omar requested to his room.

The incident recalled allegations against another international finance official at a New York City hotel earlier this month.  On May 14, a maid at the Sofitel Hotel claimed former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan hotel suite.  Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in New York as his case proceeds.

Omar was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.

According to sources, the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the maid in.  He then allegedly groped her breasts and tried to kiss her before she fled.

Sources told ABC News that when the maid arrived, he asked her to leave the tissues on a table inside his room.  Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Omar then allegedly grabbed the maid, kissed her and fondled her breasts and buttocks.  She fought him off and, according to sources, told him she wasn't there for that.  He then grabbed her again.  This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him.  He then asked for her phone number.  She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

"Experienced NYPD detectives found the complainant to be credible," said New York Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne, who promised "further details" upon Omar's arraignment.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt.  He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

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