Former IMF boss Strauss-Kahn set to face charges for 'aggravated pimping'
French court decides the 64-year-old must stand trial despite prosecutors saying there is not enough evidence
The disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn looks likely to face trial in France for "aggravated pimping" despite a ruling by prosecutors that the case should be dropped.
Magistrates investigating the so-called Carlton Affair - allegations of hotel orgies with prostitutes in France, Belgium and the United States - decided today to overrule the state prosecutor and send Mr Strauss-Kahn for trial.
Both the prosecution and Mr Strauss-Kahn, 64, can appeal against the ruling. If they fail, the former IMF chief and French finance minister will finally face a trial for sexual misconduct after a series of failed prosecutions or out-of-court settlements in other cases.
DSK is one of 13 people, including a senior police officer and two businessmen, who were sent for trial yesterday for "aggravated pimping as part of a group" for their alleged part in organising hotel orgies. A more serious accusation of "conspiracy" was dropped.
Under French law "pimping" can mean any action, paid or unpaid, which assists an act of prostitution. It is not suggested that Mr Strauss-Kahn was paid but that he helped to organise the parties with a series of telephone text messages.
Frédérique Baulieu, one of DSK lawyers, said yesterday that her client had committed no offence. She accused the investigating magistrates of trying to enforce their own "moral" judgements, rather than the letter of the law.
It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for investigating magistrates to overrule the decision of the state prosecutor. The former President Jacques Chirac was convicted in 2011 on corruption charges which the prosecutor had wanted to drop. The investigating magistrates insisted that the trial should go ahead.
The "Carlton affair", named after a hotel in Lille in northern France, is the only criminal accusation remaining against Mr Strauss-Kahn. Charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chamber-maid in New York two years ago came to nothing. He settled a civil action by the maid out of court.
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Tim Cook: Apple CEO comes out as gay publicly for the first time 'It's among the greatest gifts God has given me'
Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
vary Attractive Salary: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - AN OPENING AT A VERY HIGH Q...
£100 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Nursery Manager Long term Ran...
£24000 - £25000 Per Annum plus company car and commission: Clearwater People S...
£45 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Bris...