A Manhattan judge said he may decide today whether to grant bail to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and announced that the former International Monetary Fund chief, who is accused of sexual assault, has been indicted.
New York state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus called for a brief recess to consider the application. Obus said the key point in deciding to grant bail was whether Strauss-Kahn’s appearance in court could be guaranteed.
“The apparent strength of the people’s case is a bail consideration,” Obus said.
The indictment includes two violent felonies, Assistant District Attorney John McConnell told the judge. Strauss-Kahn was originally charged in a complaint.
McConnell said that prosecutors oppose bail for Strauss-Kahn.
“Our position is there is no bail package at this time that would ensure his return,” McConnell said. “This court must be satisfied that he will come back...His own conduct in this case has shown a propensity for impulsive criminal conduct.”
Strauss-Kahn, who until yesterday was head of the International Monetary Fund, was transported from Rikers Island, New York’s main jail complex.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested May 14 and sent to Rikers Island May 16 after a judge deemed him a flight risk. He’s scheduled to make another request to stay free pending trial before Obus.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, informed the Executive Board of the IMF of his intention to resign as managing director effective immediately, the IMF said in a statement dated yesterday.
“I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me,” Strauss-Kahn said in a letter included in the IMF statement.
At the hearing today, William Taylor, a lawyer for Strauss- Kahn, said that as part of his bail proposal, his client would live with his wife in New York.
His bail proposal includes 24-hour home detention in Manhattan with electronic monitoring, in addition to posting $1 million in cash, according to court filings. He previously surrendered his French passport to the district attorney’s office. His so-called laissez-passer travel document issued by the United Nations will be given to his lawyers, who will turn it over to prosecutors, according to the filing.
In Strauss-Kahn’s request for bail, his lawyers said his family has ties in the U.S.
“Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a loving husband and father and a highly regarded international diplomat, lawyer, politician, economist and professor with no prior criminal record,” they said.
He has been married for more than 10 years to Anne Sinclair, who was born in New York, according to court filings. She completed part of her secondary schooling in the U.S.
The couple has lived in Washington since November 2007, when he was named managing director of the IMF, according to the filing. A copy of a deed in Sinclair’s name to a Georgetown home bought in 2007 for $4 million was included in yesterday’s filing.
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