July 18, 2019

Strauss-Kahn wins bail but faces trial

Anne Sinclair arrives at her husbands court hearing.

The good news for former IMF head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is that he has finally won his battle for bail. The bad news is he will stand trial for allegedly trying to rape a hotel maid, in New York’s Sofitel Hotel.

After being denied bail at Monday’s bail hearing, Strauss-Kahn has been remanded in Rikers Island jail. He will have to spend one more night there as the bail papers can’t be signed until Friday morning.

His lawyers said he was an honourable man and would not attempt to abscond but prosecutors said he had “substantial incentive to flee”.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus imposed $1m bail and 24-hour house detention, with electronic monitoring.

The judge said there must be one armed guard deployed at all times, at Mr Strauss-Kahn’s expense, and the defendant must surrender all travel documents. In addition to the $1m cash bail, a $5m insurance bond would also apply.

His arraignment will be on 6 June, when he will formally enter a plea. As he has denied all the accusations against him it is almost a given that he will be stand trial.

Mr Strauss-Kahn’s wife, Anne Sinclair, has arrived from France and was in court for Thursday’s hearing.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has now been formally charged following a grand jury hearing, attended on Wednesday by his accuser, a 32-year-old originally from Guinea in West Africa.

The charges set out by the New York district attorney’s office included four felony counts – two of criminal sexual acts, one of attempted rape and one of sexual abuse – plus three misdemeanour offences, including unlawful imprisonment.


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