Strauss-Kahn Case Faces Collapse - Report

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Bulgaria: Strauss-Kahn Case Faces Collapse - Report Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn are very possible to fail in court, it was reported on Friday morning.

The report is apparently vindicating supporters of the former head of the International Monetary Fund, the New York Times points out.

The "major holes" in the case are expected to be admitted to a federal criminal court in Manhattan as early as Friday.

Strauss-Kahn is charged with seven counts including four felony charges - two of criminal sexual acts, one of attempted rape and one of sexual abuse - plus three misdemeanor offences, including unlawful imprisonment.

Should the charges against Strauss-Cahn drop, he may end up returning to French politics and even receive a Minister seat, one of his vocal supporters has hinted. "He could still play a major role in France, without being candidate. This would give an extra chance for victory," Jack Lang, a former Socialist Culture Minister, has told the New York Times.

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Dino the Athenian - 1 Jul 2011 // 16:50:33

According to the two officials, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.

That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.

The investigators also learned that she was paying hundreds of dollars every month in phone charges to five companies. The woman had insisted she had only one phone and said she knew nothing about the deposits except that they were made by a man she described as her fianc? and his friends.

In addition, one of the officials said, she told investigators that her application for asylum included mention of a previous rape, but there was no such account in the application. She also told them that she had been subjected to genital mutilation, but her account to the investigators differed from what was contained in the asylum application.

In recent weeks, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers, Benjamin Brafman and William W. Taylor III, have made it clear that they would make the credibility of the woman a focus of their case. In a May 25 letter, they said they had uncovered information that would “gravely undermine the credibility” of the accuser.

Still, it was the prosecutor’s investigators who found the information about the woman.

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