Three months after authorizing Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s swift indictment after his arrest on sexual assault charges, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has decided to ask a judge to dismiss the case, a person briefed on the matter said on Sunday….
While there has been widespread speculation that Mr. Vance would drop the case, it is nonetheless an extraordinary turn of events, for both Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, an enormously powerful international banker and a leading candidate for the French presidency before his arrest, and his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, a 33-year-old immigrant from Guinea.
Her credibility as a witness began to crumble after prosecutors discovered what they characterized as a series of lies she had told, though none bore directly on her version of the encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn.
The criminal case is over. A civil suit is in the process. But Strauss-Kahn will be walking down the Champs d’Elysees on his way to the Louvre a lot sooner than thought.
- AP: Strauss-Kahn charges likely to be dropped (cbsnews.com)
- Rape Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn About To Be Dropped? (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges set to be dropped – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges set to be dropped (guardian.co.uk)
- Strauss-Kahn case ‘may be dropped’ (independent.co.uk)