Ex-IMF chief leaves guarded home for visit

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief accused of sexual assault, on Friday briefly left his Manhattan residence where he is under house arrest while on bail, witnesses said.

Strauss-Kahn and his wife, French journalist Anne Sinclair, left early in the day and returned shortly after 9:00 am (1300 GMT).

The New York Daily News said the former head of the International Monetary Fund left the $14 million Manhattan townhome shortly after 7:40 am to see a physician, but that the reasons were unclear.

Under his bail conditions, Strauss-Kahn is to leave the home only for medical, legal and court visits, or for religious services.

Strauss-Kahn moved late Wednesday into the rented luxury townhouse in Manhattan where he is living under strict house arrest until his trial. He was freed on a $6 million bail provided that he be guarded around the clock and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Strauss-Kahn must reappear in court on June 6, when he is expected to enter a formal plea of not guilty. If so, the case would move to trial later this year.

He was released on bail after spending nearly a week behind bars following his dramatic arrest, just hours after the alleged assault, as he was about to take off on an Air France plane for Paris.

© 2011 AFP

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