Strauss-Kahn leaves New York jail under guard

21st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn left Rikers Island jail on bail Friday in the custody of a private security firm to be taken to a secure New York apartment, a prison official said.

"He has left our custody and Rikers Island and is in the hands of the security company," Stephen Morello, spokesman for the New York prison authorities, told AFP in an email.

The judge has ordered the 62-year-old veteran French politician to be housed in a home detention location in downtown Manhattan, close to Ground Zero.

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 head of the International Monetary Fund could be handed over to the security firm Stroz Friedberg and put up in temporary accommodation until a new apartment is found.

Strauss-Kahn 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.

A curfew from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am has also been imposed on Strauss-Kahn, and he can receive no more than four visitors at any one time in addition to family members.

Strauss-Kahn has also posted $6 million in bail and bonds as he awaits his next June 6 hearing on charges of sexual assaulting a Guinean chambermaid in a Manhattan hotel on Saturday.

© 2011 AFP

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