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Strauss-Kahn freed from house arrest without bail

The criminal case against Strauss Kahn stands, and his passport has been retained. He has been allowed to go free without home or bail confinement.

Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at New York Supreme court with his wife Anne Sinclair
Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at New York Supreme court with his wife Anne Sinclair
Image: Louis Lanzano/AP/Press Association Images

THE FORMER HEAD of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from house arrest without bail during a hearing at a court in New York.

The move comes after prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the woman who accused him of sexual assault caused them to reassess the case.

The agreement OK’d by State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus in Manhattan does not give Strauss-Kahn his passport back, meaning he can’t head to France anytime soon. The criminal case against him stands.

Strauss-Kahn was held without bail for nearly a week after his May arrest. He has since posted a total of $6 million in cash bail and bond and has been confined to a Manhattan town house.

He denies allegations of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper. He left the courtroom smiling, holding hands with his wife.

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- AP

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