There are increasing doubts over the strength of the case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Since his release from house arrest on Friday, more details have emerged questioning the credibility of the woman accusing him of sexual assault.
New York prosecutor Cyrus Vance is facing criticism for the way the case has been handled. It does not help that his office has lost two other high profile cases recently involving rape and the planning of a terrorist attack.
Most of the weaknesses of the case against Strauss-Kahn are due to the woman at the centre of the investigation. The 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea has been accused by US tabloids of providing sexual services at the hotel where the attack is supposed to have taken place. She has confessed to having cleaned another room before reporting the incident to her manager, despite earlier saying she had sought help straight away, as well as “lying” about rape on an asylum application form.
Back in France, some believe there is still a possibility of a political comeback for Strauss-Kahn. One Socialist Party presidential candidate, the party leader Martine Aubry, has confirmed there is an agreement between herself and Strauss-Kahn not to run against each other next April and he is the favourite of the two. A recent French newspaper poll shows 42 percent of people think he does have a political future.