Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund charged with acting as a procurer in a French prostitution ring, has been called back before a French judge investigating the affair, Le Monde said.
Strauss-Kahn, who lost a bid in December to end the investigation, will be questioned again today, the newspaper said, citing sources it didn’t identify. Yesterday, the judges charged a Belgian man, who runs hostess clubs linked to the prostitution ring, and his companion with procurement.
Calls to the public prosecutors’ spokeswoman in Lille, where the investigation is based, and calls and emails to Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers for comment weren’t immediately returned.
The allegations against Strauss-Kahn are “absurd” and he has appealed the ruling, according to a December statement from his lawyers. He has acknowledged participating in sex parties, while denying he knew the women were paid to take part.
The judges who rejected his appeal on Dec. 19 found the investigation had gathered enough evidence to determine that Strauss-Kahn played a decisive role in organizing the events, providing the facilities at times and specifying the activities and types of women, Le Figaro said today, citing a copy of the non-public ruling, without saying how it was obtained.
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