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Prosecutors call for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in pimping case

French public prosecutors have called for the acquittal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former IMF chief had been charged with procuring prostitutes for a series of parties, but claimed he had no idea the women were paid.

Prosecutors in Lille on Tuesday called for acquittal, "pure and simple," for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying that there was not a strong enough case against the former International Monetary Fund managing director.

The prosecution said that neither evidence presented at the trial nor witnesses had satisfactorily proved aggravated pimping in Strauss-Kahn's case.

The 65-year-old Frenchman was on trial in connection with a string of parties in Brussels, Paris and Washington, accused of procuring prostitutes for them. However, "DSK" asserted throughout that he did not know that the women were being paid for their presence.

Prosecutor Frederic Fevre had resisted pushing the case to trial from the outset, but investigative magistrates ruled that the case should go ahead.

msh/pfd (AFP, Reuters)

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