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Egyptian Banker’s Terms Of Release A Slap On Wrist Compared To Strauss-Kahn

Omar, Accused In Attack At Pierre Hotel, Due Back In Court In August
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Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar (L) and his lawyer Lori Cohen (R) (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar (L) and his lawyer Lori Cohen (R) (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Egyptian businessman accused of attacking a housekeeper in a posh Manhattan hotel is finally out of jail.

Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar looked tired and in a need of a shave Friday after spending four days at Rikers Island, charged with groping a female worker who was bringing tissues to his room at the Pierre Hotel.

Omar finally made bail, but there is still no indictment.

“The District Attorney’s Office had requested additional time to investigate; and we consented to that,” attorney Lori Cohen told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Omar, the chairman of state-run salt production firm El-Mex Salines Co., was arraigned Tuesday on initial charges including sexual abuse. The former Bank of Alexandria chairman denied the allegations.

Prosecutors have said he grabbed the housekeeper and groped her breasts and buttocks, kissed her, and ground his groin against her leg.

The terms of Omar’s bail are very different from Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Omar’s attorney said that’s because their cases are very different.

Omar paid just $25,000 cash to get out of jail. He’s not under house arrest. He’s free to travel anywhere in the United States, but he can’t leave the country. And he doesn’t wear an ankle bracelet unlike Strauss-Kahn.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund paid $1 million to get out. He can’t leave the country. In fact, he can’t leave his apartment. He remains under house arrest in a lavish townhouse in Tribeca.

“The allegations against him are far different,” Cohen said. “There is not … this is not a rape case. This is not a violent crime. He is a family man. He’s 73 years old. He has a wife, and child, and son, who I’ve been in contact with.

“And, I think this is a big misunderstanding.”

Investigators said the housekeeper who claims Omar forced himself on her has a different opinion.

Omar will return to court on Aug. 23 to find out if the grand jury will indict him. As for Strauss-Kahn, he will be arraigned on Monday.

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