The defence lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are set to give their closing statements, a day after the state prosecutor's calls to acquit the former IMF chief. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defence lawyers prepared to make their closing statements at his trial where he has been charged with pimping on Wednesday (February 18), the day after the state prosecutor called for him to be acquitted. The trial was entering its final stages as the former International Monetary Fund managing director left his hotel in the northern city of Lille, where his team of lawyers including Frederique Beaulieu and Henri Leclerc were expected to address the court. Their case was given a boost on Tuesday (February 17) as the prosecutor asked the court to acquit the 65-year-old Strauss-Kahn, saying there was not enough evidence of his role in organising the sex parties which prompted the prosecution. The same prosecutor had previously recommended that the case be dropped, but was overruled by investigating magistrates. Addressing the court on Tuesday, he deplored the over-insistence on exposing the details of Strauss-Kahn's sexual practices, saying he should be treated as a man like any other despite his fame. Thirteen others are also accused in the trial in which Strauss-Kahn -- a former French presidential favourite dubbed "DSK" -- is the star defendant. The case is due to finish this week with judges expected to take some time to consider their verdict.