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Britain: DSK not welcome at Cambridge

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The invitation to the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a lecture in Cambridge in early March is not to the taste of some students of the famous British university, who have launched a petition against his visit.

DSK was to present his views on March 9 on "the state of the global economy" at the invitation of the “Cambridge Union Society", the student association of the university. "To give this man the opportunity to express himself provides public legitimacy, at a time when he is again being questioned by police, "said Ruth Graham, a spokesman for the union CUSU (Cambridge University Student's Union), including the women's section has launched this petition. This invitation it offers "a forum to express themselves (...) while people who have survived sexual abuse are ignored," she added. The petition collected 355 signatures Friday.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a "great figure of the IMF", "a fascinating personality, who has exceptional knowledge in his field. That's why we invited him," Katie Lam, president of the Cambridge Union Society, told AFP. "So I do not think it’s wrong to invite him." "Expressing oneself in front of the association does not imply any endorsement or any support," she justified.

After criminal charges were dropped for sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel New York, a case that has cost him this position in the IMF, DSK had made his return on the public stage during the economic forum in Beijing in mid-December. But he’s been caught up in another case, "the Carlton", in France. The French courts will convene him on March 28 with charges, including complicity in pimping, a judicial source said. The former IMF chief allegedly took part in the libertine parties, notably in Paris and Washington. Investigators are trying to determine whether he knew that women who attended were prostitutes.