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Strauss-Kahn to be quizzed by French police over alleged 'prostitution ring'


February 19, 2012 - PARIS

Disgraced former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be quizzed over his alleged involvement in an illegal prostitution ring in France.

Strauss-Kahn has been summoned for questioning on Tuesday and can be held for up to 48 hours without charge.

The scandal involves an alleged prostitution ring and the organisation of sex parties at luxury hotels in Lille city.

Strauss-Kahn is likely to be charged if magistrates deem that he was aware the women who took part in sex parties, which he is alleged to have attended, were prostitutes, The BBC reports.

The French politician's lawyer has previously said that Strauss-Kahn thought he was participating in 'swingers' parties' and had no reason to believe the women involved were prostitutes.

The French media has earlier reported about alleged links between Strauss-Kahn and a call-girl racket, known as the Carlton affair after the name of the Lille hotel where clients were allegedly supplied with prostitutes.

The affair has already led to the arrests of several leading figures in the city, including businessmen and police chiefs.

According to the report, Strauss Kahn has demanded to be questioned by the judges leading the investigation, hoping that it would bring a halt to such reports and clear his name.

ANI

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