Judge grants bail to Strauss-Kahn

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: May 20, 2011 3:53 AM
Judge grants bail to Strauss-Kahn
NEW YORK — Plans for the release of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were underway Thursday after a New York judge accepted a renewed and more restrictive bail proposal and the 62-year-old French politician was indicted on charges of sexually attacking a Manhattan hotel maid.

The preliminary release decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus came as the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced a seven-count indictment that accuses Strauss-Kahn of two counts of criminal sexual acts in the first degree, attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and two lesser charges.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the "extremely serious charges" were supported by evidence gathered by his office and New York City police investigators.

The developments in the closely watched case involving an alleged weekend attack at the Sofitel New York in Manhattan occurred within 24 hours after Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF under mounting international pressure.