US prosecutors meet with Strauss-Kahn lawyers

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

New York prosecutors met Wednesday with attorneys representing Dominique Strauss-Kahn, amid growing speculation that the government may abandon its sex assault case against the former IMF head, US media reported.

At around 1430 GMT, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance emerged from the courthouse where local media reported that the meeting was taking place, but made no statement to reporters who had gathered there.

Attorneys for neither the prosecution nor the defense in the case could immediately be reached for comment.

Wednesday's meeting caught many observers of the high profile case by surprise, as Strauss-Kahn's lawyers and prosecutors had not been scheduled to meet until July 18.

The New York Times had reported that the two sides would meet, but cited a senior law enforcement official as saying prosecutors were not expected to decide Wednesday on whether to dismiss the case.

The case against Strauss-Kahn suffered a major blow last week when prosecutors cast doubt on the credibility of the maid at the luxury Manhattan hotel who accused him of assaulting and attempting to rape her on May 14.

Last week Strauss-Kahn -- a prominent French politician once seen as in line for the presidency -- was released from house arrest after prosecutors disclosed their doubts about the Guinean-born maid.

US media have since reported that prosecutors plan to drop the charges.

On Tuesday, a French writer filed a complaint alleging that Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her about eight years ago, indicating he could face further legal woes if and when he returns to France.

Strauss-Kahn resigned from the International Monetary Fund in May to battle the US charges, leading to a change in leadership at the global lender during the Greek debt crisis threatening the eurozone.

© 2011 AFP

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