The former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss Kahn spend the night in a cell of Lille , in northern France, where he was asked Wednesday for his alleged relationship with a network of pandering and one count of misappropriation of funds.
It will be the second time that Strauss-Kahn, 62, asleep behind bars after being arrested last May and sent to prison in the U.S., where he stayed only a week after being accused of rape by an employee of a New York hotel . Strauss-Kahn arrived at the premises of the Gendarmerie of Lille in the early hours of Tuesday morning and stayed there all day, until a judge decided to extend his detention for further questioning. The law allows it to 96 hours, although it looks like it will not exceed 48.
Following the interrogation, the judge may decide to release without charge of Strauss Kahn or processing for pimping and embezzlement, crimes that can be sentenced up to 20 years in prison. In the spotlight of justice are a few sexual encounters in which Strauss-Kahn participated in the company of two French businessmen and other friends in Paris, Brussels, Lille and Washington headquarters.
The last of these parties took place in the U.S. capital the day before his arrest in New York. Strauss-Kahn admitted to being at these parties, but denied knowing that the women who participated in them were prostitutes. “When somebody has a friend do not ask if it’s a prostitute,” the former director of the IMF in his biography.
A thesis which pay most of the witnesses questioned in the case, including the eight defendants, whose remarks were published on Tuesday by the newspaper ” Libération “. Only one of the prostitutes hired for some of those sprees considered “almost impossible “that Strauss Kahn unaware that charge for their services.
Another prostitutes denied that version, like the two organizers of the celebrations, entrepreneurs David Roquet, director of a subsidiary of Eiffage construction in northern France, and Fabrice Paszkowski, head of a medical company in the same region . They paid all the expenses of these raids, including travel and hotels, money charged to the budget of their companies.
So the question is whether Justice, in addition to pimping, not committed a crime of embezzlement. For Strauss-Kahn, the researchers want to know if the then head of the IMF and favorite for the presidential polls of 2012 in France knew that the money left parties of the funds of these companies.
One end also deny stakeholders, who argue that such luxuries were not paying Strauss Kahn in exchange for political favors, but to be well within their companies. The former director of the IMF relieves the Justice since last May was arrested on a plane as he prepared to travel to Paris from New York, where he was accused of rape by an employee of the Sofitel hotel.
Although the contradictions in the accuser led the prosecution to release Strauss Kahn without charges, lawyers for the employee keep open the civil complaint. That event led to the opening of an old charge in France, journalist and writer Tristane Banon, who also accused him of attempted rape.
His case was filed also be prescribed, but Strauss-Kahn became embroiled in a criminal matter related to the sex which is now being questioned. The private life of Strauss-Kahn has destroyed his promising political career.