Washington, July 1: The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse because the credibility of the accuser is doubtful, two well-placed law enforcement officials have claimed.
Although forensic tests have found numerous evidence of a sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid, the New York Times reports that prosecutors do not believe much of what she had told them about the circumstances or about herself.
The paper quoted one of the law enforcement officials as saying that the maid has been repeatedly lying since the day she made allegations against Strauss-Kahn on May 14.
Senior prosecutors had reportedly met Strauss-Kahn's lawyers on Thursday and provided details about their findings, and the parties are discussing whether to dismiss the charges against him.
An official said that among the discoveries, include issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities like drug dealing and money laundering.
On Friday, Justice Michael J. Obus is expected to consider easing the extraordinary bail conditions that he imposed on Strauss-Kahn at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Reports also suggest that Strauss-Kahn could even be released on his own recognizance, and freed from house arrest. This indicates that the serious charges against him could be dropped.
Prosecutors from the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who were initially emphatic about the strength of the case and the account of the victim, plan to tell the judge on Friday that they "have problems with the case" based on what their investigators have discovered, and will disclose more of their findings to the defense.
The woman still maintains that she was attacked, the officials said, adding: "It is a mess, a mess on both sides." (ANI)