Libyan Soldier Admits Sex Charges

15 April 2015, 17:21

A third Libyan soldier has admitted his part in sex attacks while training in Cambridge.

Khaled El Azibi, 19, was one of three men arrested after the offences in the city in October last year.

He had been due to stand trial after denying two counts of sexual assault but admitted the offences at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Mohammed Abdalsalam, 27, has already admitted two counts of sexual assault, one public order offence of causing harassment, alarm or distress and one charge of stealing a bicycle and Ibrahim Naji El Maarfi, 21, has admitted two counts of sexual assault, one of exposure and one of stealing a bicycle.

All three will be sentenced on April 27.

The men had been stationed at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire as part of a programme to support the Libyan government by training its soldiers in the UK.

The offences, along with other concerns over the soldiers' behaviour, forced the Ministry of Defence to cut short the training programme.

Two other Libyan soldiers are currently awaiting trial over unrelated sex attacks.

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