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The next hearing of Strauss-Kahn extended to August 23

NEW YORK – Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced the postponement of the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on August 23, leaving more than three weeks additional prosecutors in Manhattan to investigate on sexual assault charges against him.

The hearing was originally scheduled for July 18, and then postponed the first time on August 1.

DSK’s lawyers, who deny any sexual forced, said on Tuesday night to have accepted this new deadline to allow time to the prosecutor.

The latter, Cyrus Vance, recently said that the maid of the Sofitel New York accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted rape had lied about his personal situation and had contradicted his actions just after the alleged assault. The interested Nafissatou Diallo, maintains his accusations and wants the former IMF chief “go to jail.”

“We hope that by August 23, (Cyrus Vance) has taken the decision to drop” the charges, said the advice DSK, Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor. The court lifted the house arrest of their client and was released without bail on July 1.

The prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

For Marcellus McRae, criminal lawyer in Washington and former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, the new deadline of hearing suggests that the charge “is arriving at any conclusion.” The case was complicated with the complaint filed in France by the journalist and writer Tristane Banon.

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