28 Nov 2012

Strauss-Kahn sex charges ruling delayed

10:21 pm on 28 November 2012

A French court has delayed a ruling on whether former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will stand trial on pimping charges.

Prosecutors said the appeals court in French town of Douai said the decision would be made on 19 December.

The BBC reports the charges relate to sex parties held in a luxury hotel in the northern city of Lille.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyer wants the case dropped, saying his client did not know some of the women were prostitutes.

It is the only outstanding case the former IMF head faces in France.

Mr Strauss-Kahn, 63, was widely expected to become the Socialist presidential candidate before he was arrested in May 2011 in New York, accused of trying to rape a hotel maid.

US prosecutors later dropped criminal charges, though the alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, is pursuing a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault.