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Lagarde Won't Face Criminal Charges

May 24, 2013

French justice officials decided Friday not to press charges against International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde for alleged misuse of public money as finance minister in 2008.

Lagarde, 57, was allowed to leave the French Court of the Republic in Paris after two long days of interrogation. Officials gave her the somewhat less serious designation of "suspicious witness," meaning there is circumstantial evidence that she participated in a criminal act, but the evidence was not strong enough for criminal charges to be filed.

Officials had no comment on the case. Lagarde told journalists after the session that her new status as "suspicious witness" did not surprise her.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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