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LILLE, FRANCE—Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken in for questioning on Tuesday by police investigating an alleged prostitution ring run out of the northern French city of Lille.
Strauss-Kahn can be held for up to 48 hours and may then be placed under formal investigation for benefitting from misappropriated company funds. Investigators are trying to find out whether French executives used corporate expense accounts to fund sex parties with prostitutes.
A former finance minister once seen as a strong contender for France’s 2012 presidential election, Strauss-Kahn’s career and political ambitions came to an abrupt end last May after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid.
He made no comment to waiting reporters as he arrived for questioning at a Lille police station
Strauss-Kahn could be charged in the case if magistrates find that he was aware the women who took part in the sex parties he is alleged to have attended were prostitutes, RFI reported. DSK's lawyer said his client thought he was participating in swingers' parties, and had no reason to believe the women involved were prostitutes, according to the BBC. Strauss-Kahn demanded to be questioned by the judges leading the investigation, in the hope that it would clear his name, according to the BBC. Source