Quake delays Strauss-Kahn getting passport back

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The rare earthquake that shook the eastern US seaboard has forced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to have to wait until Wednesday to recover his passport, his lawyer said.

"Dominique will have his passport tomorrow morning. He would have had it today except for the earthquake which caused the evacuation" of the district attorney's office, lawyer William Taylor said.

A US judge dismissed sex crime charges against the one-time French presidential hopeful after prosecutors said they no longer felt his accuser, Guinean hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, was credible due to a string of lies.

Taylor had previously said his client would receive his passport later Tuesday, but a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that hit the eastern US seaboard after the charges were dismissed delayed those plans.

Cars were seen outside Strauss-Kahn's apartment, apparently ready to whisk the Frenchman away, but there was no word on his next move.

© 2011 AFP

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