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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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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