Strauss-Kahn bail sets strict limits

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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be under 24 hour armed guard and unable to leave Manhattan even in the few instances where he is allowed to go out of his apartment, according to bail conditions ordered Friday.

The conditions, effective after the French politician pledged $1 million cash and $5 million in bonds, allow him to depart Rikers Island jail, but force him to await trial on sex assault charges under strict limitations.

The bail document signed by Judge Michael Obus orders that Strauss-Kahn, 62, must:

-- Surrender travel documents.

-- Wear an electronic monitoring bracelet at all times.

-- Be under at least one armed guard.

-- Have 24 hour video monitoring and alarms on all exterior doors.

-- Leave the residence only to see lawyers, go to court, seek medical care and attend religious services once a week.

-- Remain within the confines of Manhattan.

-- Receive no more than four visitors at any one time in addition to family members.

© 2011 AFP

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