Dominque Strauss-Kahn Placed Under Formal Investigation in French Organized Vice Probe
Judges had the option of putting him under investigation for having potentially benefited from misappropriated company funds if he knowingly attended prostitute sessions paid for by his executive friends using expense accounts.
Instead, the investigation will focus on the pandering angle, and whether Strauss-Kahn was aware that the women at the parties were prostitutes supplied by pimps.
He may or may not have to stand trial:
Under French law, "juges d'instruction," which are a cross between investigating prosecutors and criminal magistrates, notify the accused they are under investigation and can hold the person if they believe it warranted. It is they who later decide whether to send the case to court.
Put another way: "Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation."
He has been released on bond. [More..]
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