IMF chief Lagarde avoids charges in French payout scandal

IMF chief Christine Lagarde avoided immediate charges but was named an "assisted witness" after French prosecutors grilled her for two days over a state payout to a disgraced tycoon when she was finance minister.

"My status as assisted witness is not a surprise for me as I have always acted in the best interest of the state and according to the law," she told journalists.

The status of assisted witness falls between that of simple witness and being placed under formal investigation and implies there is some evidence against the person questioned.


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