Strauss-Kahn likely to be freed from house arrest: report

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Prosecutors have agreed to free former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and return his bail money after admitting major problems with his accuser's credibility, a report said Friday.

If the judge agrees, Strauss-Kahn would be freed "on his own recognizance," meaning he could travel freely in the United States and have his $1 million bail and $5 million bond returned, Bloomberg TV reported, citing two sources familiar with the case.

Strauss-Kahn was due to appear in court at 11:30 am (1530 GMT) Friday over the sexual assault case against him. He is currently awaiting trial under house arrest in a Manhattan apartment.

The revelations of doubts over his accuser's credibility were first reported in The New York Times, which quoted law enforcement officials saying prosecutors would tell the judge on Friday that they "have problems with the case" based on discoveries by investigators.

The law enforcement sources told the daily that while there was clear evidence a sexual encounter took place, prosecutors did not believe much of the version of events told by the Guinean-born maid and suspect she has repeatedly lied to them.

Sources close to the case also told US media that Strauss-Kahn's accuser had lied on her application for asylum, including about a past claim of rape.

The prominent French politician and onetime presidential hopeful resigned from his post at the world's crisis lender to battle charges that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a hotel maid in his luxury hotel suite in Manhattan on May 14.

© 2011 AFP

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