Wednesday 3 October 2012

French court drops Strauss-Kahn gang rape charges

  French court on Tuesday dropped charges accusing ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of gang rape in late 2010 in Washington, the United States.

Prosecutor of Lille court, in northern France, decided to take no further investigation into alleged gang rape involving Strauss-Kahn due to insufficient evidence after a witness
withdrew her statement, media reports stated. In May, Lille court opened a probe to investigate on an incident "that could be described as gang rape" in which Strauss-Kahn
could have forced sex with a prostitute with the help of his friends. The scandal-hit former French finance minister had already been questioned over his alleged involvement
in an illegal prostitution ring which supplied women to clients in the city's luxury Carlton hotel and for abuse of corporate funds. Being on fire of a judicial investigation over
charges of sexual assault and attempted rape on a hotel maid in New York last year, Strauss-Kahn was forced to quit the IMF and to keep a distance to France's political life.

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