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Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn goes on trial for ‘pimping’

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn goes on trial for ‘pimping’
Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived in court on Monday to stand trial for “pimping” as part of a prostitution ring, four years after a sex scandal cost him his job and a shot at the French presidency.

The disgraced 65-year-old economist finds himself back in the dock -- this time in the northern French city of Lille -- accused of being at the centre of a vice ring which hired prostitutes for sex parties in Brussels, Paris and Washington. The silver-haired Strauss-Kahn, dressed in a dark suit, slipped past a throng of journalists to arrive in the empty wood-panelled courtroom, where he paced up and down with his hands in his pockets in front of the imposing stone bench.

Strauss-Kahn -- once one of the most powerful men in the world -- will take the stand alongside a colourful cast of characters including luxury hotel managers, police, freemasons and a brothel owner nicknamed “Dodo the Pimp.”  Nearly 300 journalists are accredited to cover the three-week trial, the first day of which will be dominated by a host of procedural applications.

Lurid details of group sex and high-end prostitution are likely to emerge in the trial for “aggravated pimping in an organised group”, a charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 1.7 million.
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