French prosecutors opens probe against Strauss-Kahn

11:05, July 09, 2011      

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French prosecutors on Friday opened a preliminary probe into a domestic complaint against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ex-head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

French writer Tristane Banon formally filed this week a complaint,accusing Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in 2003 when she was doing an interview with him in his apartment.

It was reported by local media that the prosecutor's office has started the relevant investigation on Friday.

However, nobody could tell whether the preliminary probe, which could last several months or even years, would lead to any concrete judicial trial.

Once as the favorite candidate for France's 2012 presidential election, Strauss-Kahn is now on fire of a judicial investigation over charges of sexual assault and attempted rape on a hotel maid in New York.

Strauss-Kahn was forced to resign from the IMF following the U.S. scandal in May. He was released without bail from home arrest last weekend, but has not yet been allowed to leave the United States.

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