Pimping charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, will be pursued by French courts, a judge has declared. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have said they will appeal.
The decision by the court in the French city of Douai on Wednesday was prompted after Strauss-Kahn's lawyers had requested that the charges be dropped.
His lawyers have argued that while Strauss-Kahn may have come in contact with prostitutes during sex parties in northern France, that is not necessarily grounds for charging him with pimping.
Strauss-Kahn's defense has argued that the judges in the case are biased against him as well.
"Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defense team is certain that he will ultimately be cleared of these absurd accusations of pimping," a statement from Henri Leclerc, a lawyer for Strauss-Kahn. He also said he planned to take the matter to the French Supreme Court.
Wednesday's decision comes just a week after Strauss-Kahn settled out of court with a hotel maid in New York who had accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in May 2011.
The accusations cost Strauss-Kahn his post at the IMF and ruined his ambitions of becoming the president of France.
mz/hc (Reuters, AP)