‘Aggravated pimping’ charge casts Dominique Strauss-Kahn as political pariah

Originally posted on National Post | News:

By Dave Clark

PARIS — Former political allies of disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to distance themselves on Tuesday after he was charged with pimping less than a month before presidential elections.

Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist minister and former presidential favourite had been released late Monday on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail after being charged with “aggravated pimping as part of an organized gang.”

The former world statesman’s implication in a long series of scandals and court cases has proved an embarrassment to his party, which once hoped he would bear its colours in next month’s presidential race.

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Instead, former party leader Francois Hollande is standing as the Socialist candidate against incumbent right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy, while Strauss-Kahn prepares a defence against a charge that carries a 20-year prison term.

“It’s a private matter. It’s painful, but not something that I have to make a political judgement about,”…

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