Strauss-Kahn Released Without Bail

Dominique-Strauss-KahnFormer IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from detention without bail after prosecutors in his attempted rape and sexual assault case told the court that they have discovered things that put the credibility of the complainant in doubt.

Prosecutors admitted that their case against Strauss-Kahn has been weakened by new information about the accuser, a Guinean immigrant who worked as a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan, where the alleged assault occurred in May. The New York Times said the woman’s account of the incident has become inconsistent. Prosecutors have also reportedly discovered that the Guinean woman lied in his application for asylum. Reuters said prosecutors have discovered information that suggests the woman may have ties with some persons connected to criminal activities.

State Supreme Court in Manhattan Justice Michael Obus said the recent development in the case merited the release of Strauss-Kahn without bail. “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,” he said.

The charges against Strauss-Kahn remain, though, and the French politician has promised to return to court on July 18 for a hearing.