Yerevan, 22.April.2019,

Verdict due in pimping trial of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

A French court will rule on whether former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of aggravated pimping. He faces 10 years in prison if a judge in Lille holds that he procured prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the US. The state prosecutor has already recommended that he be acquitted. Mr Strauss-Kahn has always denied knowing that some of the women who took part in the orgies he attended were working as prostitutes. France's former presidential hopeful stood trial in February alongside 13 co-defendants. The sexual habits of Mr Strauss-Khan were at the centre of three weeks of hearings in February. Sex workers described his rough behaviour at some of the parties. But Mr Strauss-Khan said that he was not on trial for "deviant practices". During the closing arguments of his trial, the Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre told the court that they were "working with the penal code, not the moral code". Mr Fevre also said that neither the investigation nor the evidence in court had established that he was guilty. Earlier, five of the six plaintiffs in the case dropped their accusations against the 66-year-old. While Mr Strauss-Khan has admitted to being present at the orgies, he has always maintained that he did not know that some of the women involved were being paid.
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