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Dominique Strauss-Kahn released without bail but still to face felony charges

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Summary of story from the Irish Times, July 1, 2011

Former chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was released without bail by a New York court today after prosecutors said they have serious doubts about the credibility of his accuser.

Strauss-Kahn was a leading candidate for next year’s French presidential election until he was arrested on May 14 and charged with the attempted rape and sexual abuse of a hotel maid in New York.

The arrest forced his resignation from the IMF and ended his presidential hopes, weeks before he had planned to declare his candidacy.

In a brief hearing at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan today, prosecutors said the credibility of the woman at the centre of the case had been thrown into question (see WVoN coverage).

As a result, the court agreed to free Strauss-Kahn and returned his bail and bond.

He agreed to return to court as needed, including for a July 18 hearing. He still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault.

After his arrest, Strauss-Khan was released on $1 million cash bail and a $5 million bond. He was under house arrest equipped with an electronic monitoring device and under the 24-hour watch of armed guards.

The arrangements were costing him – or his wife - $250,000 a month.

The alleged victim made false claims on her application for asylum in the US, according to a letter sent by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to Mr Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers.

According to the letter, she did not flee her native Guinea in fear of her life, and was told to memorise a narrative to help her application for asylum.

The letter also says the woman lied to a grand jury when she said she remained in a hallway after the alleged incident and before reporting to her supervisor.

Instead, she cleaned a nearby room and began to clean the suite where the incident was alleged to have occurred before reporting it.

However, her lawyer insisted today she has never wavered in her story and that she still maintains that she was attacked.

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