A judge has agreed to free former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn from a New York City jail on the condition that he remain under house arrest.
The judge set bail at $1m and approved an elaborate arrangement under which the 62-year-old diplomat and banker would be confined to a private apartment in Manhattan and monitored by armed guards.
Strauss-Kahn will also have to take out a $5m insurance bond.
Prosecutors had said he should remain behind bars.
Strauss-Kahn resigned his IMF post yesterday.