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DSK handed prostitution ring charge

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been handed preliminary charges alleging he was involved in a French prostitution ring.

Investigating judges have questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours.

Lawyer Richard Malka told reporters after Strauss-Kahn left that he was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an "organised gang".

Mr Malka said Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing. The lawyer also said it is wrong to prosecute Strauss-Kahn for "simple libertine activity".

Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.

Strauss-Kahn quit the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in May.

The charges were later dropped.

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