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DSK under house arrest in New York apartment

media Dominique Strauss-Kahn with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from jail in New York and is under house arrest. He was freed on Friday after his lawyers posted bail and bond totalling 4,2 million euros.

 

He's facing trial for the alleged sexual assault and attempted rape of a hotel maid. Srauss-Kahn denied all charges and is expected to enter a plea of not guilty at his next court appearance on 6 June.

Dossier: The Strauss-Kahn affair rocks France, IMF

Strauss-Kahn will live under constant surveillance by the private security firm Stroz Friedberg at a secure building at the south end of Broadway near Ground Zero. He must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet at all times, be under at least one armed guard and the apartment must have 24-hour video monitoring and alarms on all exterior doors.

The veteran politician resigned as the head of the IMF on Thursday. He is a member of France's opposition Socialist Party and was expected to run against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's elections.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is widely tipped to replace him at the head of the IMF. But developing nations like Brazil, Mexico and China have urged a rethink of conventional wisdom that the IMF chief has to come from Europe.
 

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