Pimping charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, will be pursued by French courts, a judge has declared. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have said they will appeal.
The decision by the court in the French city of Douai on Wednesday was prompted after Strauss-Kahn's lawyers had requested that the charges be dropped.
His lawyers have argued that while Strauss-Kahn may have come in contact with prostitutes during sex parties in northern France, that is not necessarily grounds for charging him with pimping.
Strauss-Kahn's defense has argued that the judges in the case are biased against him as well.
"Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defense team is certain that he will ultimately be cleared of these absurd accusations of pimping," a statement from Henri Leclerc, a lawyer for Strauss-Kahn. He also said he planned to take the matter to the French Supreme Court.
Wednesday's decision comes just a week after Strauss-Kahn settled out of court with a hotel maid in New York who had accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in May 2011.
The accusations cost Strauss-Kahn his post at the IMF and ruined his ambitions of becoming the president of France.
mz/hc (Reuters, AP)
Crisis? What crisis? Dortmund and Leverkusen made amends for poor performances in the previous Bundesliga round. Leverkusen beat Zenith St. Petersburg 2-0, while Dortmund crushed Galatasaray 4-0 in Istanbul.
The 2015 Tour de France will involve three countries and lots of mountains, organizers announced Wednesday, unveiling the route of the 102st edition of the race. Next year's action begins in the Dutch city of Utrecht.