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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

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