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Strauss-Kahn free from house arrest; charges stand

 


NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has agreed to free former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn without bail or home confinement in the sexual assault case against him.

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at New York Supreme Court with his wife Anne Sinclair, Friday. Prosecutors have serious questions about the credibility of a hotel housekeeper who has accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, and he is expected to have his strict bail conditions reduced Friday, according to people familiar with the case.

The move Friday comes after prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the accuser caused them to reassess the case.

The agreement OK'd by State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus in Manhattan does not give Strauss-Kahn his passport back, meaning he can't head to France anytime soon. The criminal case against him stands.

Strauss-Kahn was held without bail for nearly a week after his May arrest. He has since posted a total of $6 million in cash bail and bond and has been confined to a Manhattan town house.

He denies allegations of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper. He left the courtroom smiling, holding hands with his wife.

 

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