Strauss-Kahn court hearing delayed by 4 weeks

26th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A possibly crucial court hearing due next Monday in the sex crime case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been delayed by three weeks, lawyers said Tuesday.

Lawyers for the fallen French politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund called on prosecutors to drop charges by the time of the hearing, which is now set for August 23.

A spokesman for the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan confirmed the changed schedule.

"We have consented to a postponement of the status hearing before Judge Obus from August 1 to August 23," Strauss-Kahn's attorneys William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman said.

"We understand the district attorney is continuing to investigate. We hope that by August 23 he will have reached the decision to dismiss."

No reason was given for the delay, which is the second for a hearing originally meant to take place July 18.

However, the once seemingly strong case against Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of forcing a New York hotel chambermaid into oral sex, has begun to unravel since the start of this month.

Speculation is growing that prosecutors may drop charges or take other measures to avoid a trial, given worries they have expressed publicly over the credibility of the maid's credibility.

The delayed court hearing had been expected to handle critical issues, including the setting of a trial date.

© 2011 AFP

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