New York judge throws out Strauss-Kahn sex charges

New York judge throws out Strauss-Kahn sex charges
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn has appeared in court again in court in Manhattan where, as expected, a judge dismissed out the sexual assault case against him.

Earlier Judge Michael Obus rejected a request by the alleged victim’s lawyers to appoint a special prosecutor, after the prosecutor’s office asked the judge to dismiss the charges.

On Monday prosecutors said that 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo is no longer a credible witness.

So the man once seen as a leading French presidential contender will be free to return to France, although he still faces a civil lawsuit from his accuser.

There were protests outside the court at the move to drop the criminal case. Women’s groups in particular believed there was enough evidence to put Strauss Kahn on trial.

Diallo is said to have given three different versions of the alleged attack, as well as having lied over her claim for asylum.

Prosecutors said they did not think a jury would believe her story “beyond reasonable doubt”.

Diallo’s lawyers have accused the prosecutor of failing to see that justice is done, three months after Strauss-Kahn was arrested and accused of attacking the African immigrant.

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