Libyan soldiers go on trial accused of raping a man

Two Libyan cadets who were based at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire both deny charges of rape and aiding and abetting rape. The claims relate to an alleged attack on a man in his 20s on Christ's Piece in Cambridge on October 26.

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Accused Libyan soldier says encounter was consensual

Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Libyan soldier accused of raping a man while training in the UK has insisted his alleged victim initiated sexual contact.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, deny raping, and aiding and abetting the rape, of the man in his 20s on Christ's Pieces in Cambridge last October 26.

Giving evidence today, Abugtila said that he had arrived in the UK in June after joining the Libyan army six months earlier. Before that he had been part of the Libyan High Security Committee which supports the police.

On the night of the alleged attack he had been turned away from a party at a nightclub in the city attended by some fellow Libyan soldiers.

He found himself wandering the city's streets drunk. At about 3.26am, he and Mahmoud struck up a conversation with the alleged victim, who he claims he had met earlier in the night.

Speaking through an Arabic interpreter, Abugtila said: "I told him 'do you want to have sex with me?', he said 'yes'."

Both defendants accept they had sex with the man but say it was consensual.

They say he concocted the story after stealing money from them. The trial is expected to conclude later this week

CCTV footage released of Libyan soldiers accused of rape

CCTV footage of two Libyan men accused of rape allegedly scouring the streets searching for a victim has been released during their trial.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, deny raping and aiding and abetting the rape of the man in his 20s on Christ's Pieces in Cambridge on October 26.

The pair were arrested while undergoing training at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire as part of an agreement by the British Government to help war-torn Libya after the 2011 collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Watch Matthew Hudson's report from court below...

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Jury sworn in as trial begins of Libyan soldiers accused of rape

Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of two Libyan soldiers accused of raping a man while being trained in Britain.

Moktair Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, allegedly went into Cambridge in the early hours of October 26 last year and raped a 23-year-old British man.

The pair are each accused of one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting rape and a third charge each of attempted rape against the same victim.

The jury of five men and seven women were sworn in at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday.

Both men were among 300 Libyan cadets based at the former RAF base at Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire.

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