Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre said neither the investigation nor the evidence heard in court had established that he was guilty.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has always denied knowing that women who took part in orgies with him were prostitutes.

The judge must decide whether he did know or if he organised the parties.

In France, being found guilty of pimping carries with it a jail sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of ?1.5m ($1.7; ?1.1m).

?Widely predicted?

Yesterday, five out of the six plaintiffs ? four prostitutes and an association ? dropped their accusations against Mr Strauss-Kahn.

They abandoned their damages claims saying they had no proof that Mr Strauss-Kahn knew he was involved with prostitutes.

The BBC?s Hugh Schofield in Paris described Mr Fevre?s decision as ?widely predicted?.

He added that unlike the investigating magistrate, the state prosecutor had always been sceptical about securing a conviction.

Correspondents are predicting that despite the salacious revelations made about his sex life, Mr Strauss-Kahn will now avoid conviction.

The three-week trial concludes at the end of the week and the judge will issue his verdict at some point afterwards.

BBC

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