Strauss-Kahn awaits word on French sex inquiry

Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:57pm EST
 

By Brian Love

PARIS (Reuters) - Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn finds out on Wednesday whether the last sex offence case against him in France will be dropped, 18 months after rape accusations ended his presidential ambitions.

The 63-year-old has asked a court in northern France to halt a judicial inquiry to determine whether he should stand trial on pimping charges related to sex parties attended by him and by prostitutes.

Strauss-Kahn wants the inquiry abandoned on the grounds that the charge of suspected pimping is not backed up and that rules governing investigations were not respected, Richard Malka, one of his defense lawyers, said.

"We are requesting that this investigation be annulled on account of the fact that there are insufficient grounds to support it," Malka said.

An appeals court in the city of Douai, north of Paris, held a closed-door hearing a month ago and will tell the lawyers its decision on Wednesday.

Strauss-Kahn was about to enter the French presidential race when police escorted him off a plane minutes before takeoff from New York in mid-May 2011 to face charges, since dropped, that he tried to rape Sofitel hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.

While U.S. prosecutors abandoned the criminal charges weeks later due to concern over witness credibility, Diallo launched civil proceedings and Strauss-Kahn's legal woes multiplied on return to his native France.

A female writer 30 years his junior filed an attempted rape complaint that was rejected by public prosecutors who said that there was evidence of sexual assault but that it was too late to pursue him on an incident dating back to 2003.   Continued...

 
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at a polling station in the second round of the 2012 French presidential elections in Sarcelles May 6, 2012. Voting started in mainland France on Sunday in the runoff presidential elections. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes