Dominique Strauss-Kahn bailed for $1m and ordered to face sex trial
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was bailed for $1 million on Thursday night, after agreeing to live under house arrest with his wife at a New York flat, where he will be watched around the clock by an armed guard.
Mr Strauss-Kahn secured his release from Rikers Island prison as it was announced a grand jury had voted to have him prosecuted for the alleged sexual attack of a 32-year-old maid in his hotel room.
In a hearing at New York supreme court, Judge Michael Obus said he would allow the 62-year-old former head of the IMF out of jail despite the fact there was a "serious risk" he would try to flee.
He warned Mr Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested at JFK airport on a flight about to take off for Paris, that the consequences would be serious "if there is the slightest problem with your compliance".
Watched by his wife Anne Sinclair, 62, who held the hand of his daughter Camille, 26, Mr Strauss-Kahn showed little sign of emotion as the judge delivered his verdict.
He must move into an apartment in Manhattan rented by his wife, and "will be monitored 24 hours, seven days a week, electronically and by at least one armed guard", the judge said.
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