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NY Post: Prosecutor to Drop Strauss-Kahn Case

Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 11:02 AM

 

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors will ask a judge to dismiss all charges in the sexual assault case against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn at a court hearing on Tuesday, the New York Post reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

The Manhattan district attorney's office will file a motion recommending the case be dropped and laying out the chronology of events that led to that point, according to the Post.

The case has teetered ever since late June when prosecutors disclosed that Nafissatou Diallo, the maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of attacking her in a New York hotel suite in May, had lied on her U.S. asylum application and about other aspects of her past.

That revelation threatened her credibility as a witness and led prosecutors to agree to release Strauss-Kahn, 62, from house arrest, though he remains barred from leaving the country. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The Post reported that the prosecutors' motion would detail concerns about Diallo's credibility and make it clear they do not believe they can prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report. The spokeswoman for the district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Speculation that the charges would be dropped intensified on Saturday, when Diallo's lawyers said she had been summoned for a meeting with prosecutors on Monday and suggested that it could be a sign that prosecutors were preparing to dismiss.

Strauss-Kahn, who has denied the allegations, was once seen as a leading contender for the French presidency until his arrest when Diallo accused him of sexual assault on May 14 at the Sofitel Hotel in New York. He was forced to resign as head of International Monetary Fund a few days later.

Even if the charges are dismissed, he faces a civil suit filed by Diallo two weeks ago and a complaint filed in France by journalist and writer Tristane Banon, who has alleged that he tried to rape her in 2002. (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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