22 Feb '12, 12am

French police hold Strauss-Kahn overnight in sex ring probe

French police hold Strauss-Kahn overnight in sex ring probe

LILLE, France: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was in police custody overnight on Tuesday over allegations that he took part in orgies in Paris and Washington with prostitutes paid for by businessmen. The 62-year-old former Socialist minister, who until last year was the frontrunner to replace Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, had been summoned as a witness, but prosecutors said he was now a suspect. He turned up voluntarily at a police station in the northern city of Lille and prosecutors said he would be detained on suspicion of "abetting aggravated pimping by an organised gang" and "misuse of company funds." A magistrate will decide whether the evidence supports charges on these or other potential offences. He could be cleared, be charged and released on bail or remanded in custody pending an eventual trial. A judge late Tuesday extended Strauss-Kahn's det...

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