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Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, Former Chairman Of Major Egypt Bank, Arrested On Charges Of Sexually Abusing Hotel Maid

AP/The Huffington Post  
First Posted: 05/31/11 01:53 AM ET Updated: 07/30/11 06:12 AM ET

NEW YORK -- 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 say 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 say the incident happened Sunday night.

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

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

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