Saturday 25 March 2017

Despite dramatic shift in legal case Strauss-Kahn is not off hook yet

David Usborne in New York

The sex assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared to be hanging by a thread last night after a New York judge freed him from house arrest when doubt was cast on the credibility of his alleged victim.

The dramatic shift in the legal drama also scrambled the political landscape in France, where Mr Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, had been considered a likely and potent socialist challenger in next year's presidential election.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, who saw his reputation and his hopes of running for president in France shredded in the wake of his dramatic arrest, smiled in court as Justice Michael Obus agreed to a new bail arrangements allowing him to move freely in the city.

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