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Strauss-Kahn lawyers to meet prosecution

world Updated: Jul 06, 2011 20:48 IST

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New York prosecutors are scheduled to meet with defense lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday to discuss the sexual assault charges against him, one of the defense lawyers said.

With the case against the potential French presidential candidate weakening due to questions about the credibility of the accuser, The New York Times reported that the parties would discuss whether the charges can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement, citing a senior law enforcement official.

Ben Brafman, a lawyer for Strauss-Kahn, confirmed to Reuters in an email there would be a meeting but declined to say what would be discussed.

Strauss-Kahn's next scheduled court appearance is on July 18, and speculation is building that prosecutors may have to drop the charges against him.

The case became endangered after prosecutors discovered the accuser lied about being gang-raped in her home country in her application for US asylum and changed details of her story about what she did after the purported assault in a luxury hotel suite.

A judge released Strauss-Kahn from house arrest and lifted strict bail conditions on Friday, although serious charges including sexual assault and attempted rape remain in place against the man once seen as a top French presidential contender.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested on May 14 at New York's John F. Kennedy airport and subsequently resigned as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. He has denied the allegations.

In Paris on Tuesday, French writer Tristane Banon filed a complaint alleging Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in a Paris apartment in 2003, when she was 22.

Banon, an author and journalist, previously gave a graphic account of her allegation on a 2007 television show and her lawyer spoke of filing charges two days after the New York accusations exploded in May.

A French judge who would examine the merits of her case could send investigators to the United States to question Strauss-Kahn before deciding whether the new sexual assault charges are to proceed.