The world’s most talked about prisoner must wait until Friday for any chance of regaining his freedom.
That is when IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is next due in court to face sex charges in New York.
In his native France, there is a growing outcry after images were broadcast of the finance chief being paraded in handcuffs in front of the media. One of his lawyers is considering legal action, amid claims such pictures breach French law on the presumpion of innocence.
The country’s presidential palace now looks light years away from the man many tipped to take over from Nicolas Sarkozy next year.
New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail is now home to Strauss-Kahn, after he was refused bail, on charges of attempting to rape a hotel maid.
He denies any wrongdoing, but for now must wait it out in a grim prison complex.