The eyes of the world’s media are fixed on New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail, with ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn set to emerge to freedom. But it is not freedom as the global high-flier knows it.
Formally indicted on sexual assault charges, he faces a tough regime of bail conditions, including one million dollars in cash with a five million dollar guarantee.
Strauss-Kahn must also live under house arrest in Manhattan with a 24-hour armed guard, at his expense, and be electronically monitored. The defence said a flat had been rented by his wife.
The prosecution had argued unsuccessfully that Strauss-Kahn should remain behind bars, saying he could try to flee.
He has been in custody since being pulled from a Paris-bound plane just before take-off on Saturday, accused of attempting to rape a hotel chamber maid.
Strauss Kahn’s defence team and the man who until recently was one of the most powerful on earth now face a long battle to clear his name.