Update: Libyan soldiers charged with Christ’s Pieces sexual assualt

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Two Libyan soldiers have been charged in connection with a sexual assault on Christ’s Pieces.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abogutila, 22, were charged on Monday night with the rape of a man in his 20s, which was carried out on Sunday 26th October. They are to appear before the Cambridge Magistrate’s Court today.

Another three Libyan soldiers based at Bassingbourn barracks will appear at Cambridge Crown Court today, in relation to attacks on women on the 26th October.

This comes after it was announced by the Ministry of Defence that over 300 Libyan army cadets will be sent home earlier than planned, following the recent charges.

There have also been calls recently from the student body for more street lighting, in response to a spike in the number of assaults. A petition, set up by Francesca Ebel of The Tab, has receieved over 1700 signatures, including one from Cambridge's MP Julian Huppert. Huppert called for "urgent" action on the issue, saying: "Some people clearly don't feel safe walking through parts of the city at night and that is not acceptable."

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