Saturday 18 November 2017

DSK trial has turned French into 'voyeurs'

Mr Strauss-Kahn (65) is heading for a likely acquittal on charges of 'aggravated pimping' after the prosecutor called for the case against him to be dropped 'plain and simple' due to lack of evidence.
Mr Strauss-Kahn (65) is heading for a likely acquittal on charges of 'aggravated pimping' after the prosecutor called for the case against him to be dropped 'plain and simple' due to lack of evidence.

Henry Samuel

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's pimping trial has turned "66 million French into voyeurs" and his treatment poses a "danger for democracy", lawyers for the former IMF chief said yesterday.

Mr Strauss-Kahn (65) is heading for a likely acquittal on charges of "aggravated pimping", which carry a maximum 10-year prison term, after the prosecutor called for the case against him to be dropped "plain and simple" due to lack of evidence.

Yesterday, his three lawyers launched an attack on the investigating magistrates who led the inquiry and the media coverage in the run-up to the trial, which they said had depicted their client as presumed guilty.

Henri Leclerc, one of the three, said: "Are these judges as impartial as all that? Didn't they hang a caricature of DSK in their office?"

Richard Malka, another lawyer for Mr Strauss-Kahn, likened him to "Henri IV", one of France's best-loved kings.

Mr Malka praised Mr Strauss-Kahn for "turning France around" while finance minister. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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