The former head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from his house arrest and had his electronic tag removed. He will also have a six-million dollar bail bond returned although US authorities are to keep his passport. The attempted rape and sexual assault charges against him have not been dropped.
A New York court relaxed his bail conditions after doubts arose about the credibility of the witness, the hotel chambermaid Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting in May. Police sources told US media that the maid had repeatedly lied during the investigation. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer subsequently went to the judge to get the bail conditions changed.
Strauss-Kahn was formally released ‘on his own recognizance’, meaning he must simply promise to appear at future court appearances, the next scheduled hearing being on July 18.
“I understand that the circumstances of this case have changed substantially and I agree the risk that he would not be here has receded quite a bit. I release Mr. Strauss-Kahn at his
own recognizance,” Justice Michael Obus told the court.
Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer said after Friday’s hearing that he will seek to get the case dismissed. But prosecutors said they would continue with their investigation. The maid’s lawyer said that his client had never changed her story, adding “the victim here may have made some mistakes, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a rape victim.”