Two Libyan soldiers Jailed For Raping UK Man
Sky News – Fri, May 15, 2015
Two Libyan soldiers stationed in the UK have each been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a man in Cambridge.
Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were found guilty of raping and aiding and abetting the rape of the man in his 20s.
The pair were arrested while undergoing training at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire.
The training was part of an agreement by the British Government to help war-torn Libya after the 2011 collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
Cambridge Crown Court heard the pair acted like “hunting dogs”, targeting their victim who was drunk and vulnerable after a night out.
They both “took him to a deserted park in the early hours of the morning and then took it in turns to hold him down while the other raped him”, the CPS said in a statement.
The offenders, who were identified through DNA evidence, claimed the victim had consented to sex in Christ’s Pieces park on October 26.
They claimed their victim made the story up after stealing money from them, but the jury rejected this defence.
Outside court, Detective Inspector Alan Page, who led the investigation, said: “This was a truly horrendous crime and I hope today’s result will allow the victim some closure and to begin rebuilding his life.
“He has shown tremendous bravery throughout this whole process and I am grateful to him for the trust he placed in police in ensuring that justice was done.
“These men deliberately targeted their victim because of his vulnerability that night, which they took advantage of to commit this callous crime.”
Three other Libyans cadets have already admitted unrelated sex attacks which happened on the same night in Cambridge city centre.
Khaled El Azibi, 19, Naji El Maarfi, 21 and Mohammed Abdalsalam, 28, were sentenced for various offences including sexual assault at Norwich Crown Court on May 13. These could not be reported until the other case was concluded.
They were jailed between 10 months and a year and all put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.