Bassingbourn Cadet Denies Sex Offences

5 January 2015, 11:59

A Libyan soldier has denied allegations of carrying out sex offences while he was undergoing training at an army base in Cambridgeshire.

Khaled El Azibi, 18, is accused of two sexual assaults against British members of the public in October last year.

He was stationed at Bassingbourn Barracks as part of a programme to support the Libyan government by training its soldiers in the UK.

Appearing at Cambridge Crown Court, El Azibi, 18, pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting two women on October 26 last year by intentionally touching them.

He also denied stealing a bicycle from Bassingbourn Barracks on the same day.

Two other Libyan army cadets also stationed at the base have already pleaded guilty to sex offences.

Mohammed Abdalsalam, 27, admitted at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on October 28 two counts of sexual assault, one public order offence of causing harassment, alarm or distress and one charge of stealing a bicycle.

Ibrahim Naji El Maarfi, 21, admitted two counts of sexual assault, one of exposure and one of stealing a bicycle.