LILLE, France (Reuters) - A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.
The request from the prosecutor underscored the difficulty of a potential conviction of Strauss-Kahn, 65. The trial is due to finish this week, but a verdict is not expected immediately.
During the three-week trial in the northern city of Lille, Strauss-Kahn consistently maintained he had no idea the women participating in sex parties were prostitutes, nor that he organized the parties himself - both of which would have had to have been proved in order to be convicted of pimping.
(Reporting by Pierre Savary; Writing by Alexandria Sage; editing by Mark John)