Strauss-Kahn at New York building under house arrest

21st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived late Friday at the New York building where he will be under house arrest after leaving Rikers Island jail on bail, police told AFP.

The secure building, at the south end of Broadway near Ground Zero, will be under constant surveillance as the veteran French politician is in the custody of a private security firm after being charged with sexual assault.

The judge imposed strict conditions on the 62-year-old, who spent four nights in the sprawling Rikers jail after being charged with sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid.

The new arrangement was made after plans for him to live under round-the-clock surveillance in a plush apartment rented by his wife, Anne Sinclair, reportedly fell through when residents in the complex objected.

Judge Michael Obus agreed the former International Monetary Fund managing director could be handed over to the security firm Stroz Friedberg and put up in temporary accommodation until a new apartment is found.

© 2011 AFP

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