PARIS – Four months after his arrest in New York in a sexual assault case for which all criminal proceedings were discontinued on August 23, Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned in France, without making a declaration on Sunday morning.
After being flown to New York on Saturday night with his wife Anne Sinclair, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived Sunday morning around 7 am to Roissy airport in Paris, where a large number of waiting Journalists, photographers and cameras.
Protected by a large police, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair, smiling, took their bags and quickly left the airport without comment. Followed by reporters and photographers on motorcycles, they are mounted in a car that led them to their home in Paris, Place des Vosges, where they found the same media crowd.
DSK was arrested May 14 at the airport in New York while he was on a plane to Paris, after charges of sexual assault and attempted rape of a maid, a New York hotel, Nafissatou Diallo. Former Minister of Economy has always protested his innocence and pleaded not guilty.
Briefly imprisoned and under house arrest against the payment of substantial bail, he was released on July 1 after the first revelation of inconsistencies in the testimony of the alleged victim, but not to leave the United States.
August 23, Judge Michael Obus of the court in Manhattan decided to drop all charges against him. The judge followed the prosecutors demanded the abandonment of the seven charges brought against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, including sexual assault, attempted rape, kidnapping and forcible touching, because of lies and contradictions in the accuser , the main witness for the prosecution.
If the criminal aspect of the case was closed, DSK has not finished with the American justice because the maid has maintained his accusations and filed a civil complaint on August 8 to obtain financial compensation. The presence of the former IMF chief at the trial is not necessary.
Since his arrest, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, had to resign from his position in the IMF and give up its ambitions for the 2012 presidential election in France. Explanations of the ex-favorite polls are now eagerly awaited.
In addition, another case is pending in France. The Paris prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation after a complaint by the writer and journalist Tristane Banon, who accused the former Minister of Economy of attempting to rape her in Paris in 2002.