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Prosecutor calls for unconditional discharge for Strauss-Kahn in French pimping case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at the court in Lille
Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at the court in Lille Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

French public prosecutors have called for an unconditional discharge for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the case of pimping brought against him in Lille, northern France. Earlier they called for a prison sentence for one of his codefendants, “Dodo the Pimp”, and suspended sentences and fines for three others.

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“What struck me was the total lack of consideration for the women, relegated to simple objects of pleasure,” prosecutor Frédéric Fèvre, told the court on Tuesday morning.

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But, he went on, “We work with the penal code not the moral code.”

Neither the investigation nor the court case had managed to establish beyond reasonable doubt that Strauss-Kahn was guilty of “aggravated pimping”, Fève said on Tuesday afternoon and he called for unconditional discharge of the one-time Socialist presidential hopeful and IMF chief.

On Monday two former prostitutes who had given evidence dropped their civil cases against Strauss-Kahn, accepting that, despite accounts of humiliation and involuntary sodomy, they had been unable to prove that Strauss-Kahn knew they were being paid for sex.

Dominique Alderwiereld, nicknamed Dodo la Saumure in a complicated pun on French slang for a pimp, was not so lucky.

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Fève asked for one year in prison plus one year suspended and a 10,000-euro fine for his role in organising orgies for Strauss-Kahn and his friends.

The prosecution asked for René Kojfer, the former PR manager at Lille’s Carlton Hotel where some of the orgies took place, to be handed a 15-month suspended sentence and a 2,500-euro fine and for Béatrice Legrain, who “coached” the women, three months suspended and a 5,000-euro fine.

Lawyer Emmanuel Riglaire, who introduced one of the women to another defendant, David Roquet, who paid her for sex, also received three months suspended and a 5,000-euro fine.

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