Former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been detained for questioning regarding his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring spanning several countries.
Former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was detained for questioning Tuesday over allegations he took part in orgies in Paris and Washington which were paid for by firms involved in public contracts. He also faces charges into his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring that investigators say supplied escorts to sex parties in several countries.
Strauss-Kahn, who until last year was pipped as a frontrunner to replace Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France, was due to face questioning as a witness, but investigators say he is now a suspect in the matter.
The 62-year-old former socialist minister has in the past admitted to having had an adventurous sex life, but denies any suggestion he knew the women at the parties were paid or that the companies had paid the bill.
Shortly after his arrival at Genarmerie barracks, prosecutors said Strauss-Kahn would not be free to leave and could see his time spent in custody raised to 96 hours.
Eight well-known local identities have been charged along with Strauss-Kahn for pimping and misuse of company funds - including three executives from a luxury hotel, a leading local lawyer and local deputy police chief, Jean-Christophe Lagarde.
Paying a prostitute is not illegal in France, but profiting from or embezzling company funds to pay for sex can lead to charges.
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