May 19, 2015
The Army had fears about the behaviour of Libyan soldiers and put the barracks on lockdown when they arrived, it has emerged after five were jailed for a rampage of rape and sexual assaults.
Pressure is growing on Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to apologise after the cadets were able to leave the base without permission because the perimeter ‘leaked like a sieve’.
Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were jailed yesterday for 12 years after they slipped through the net and raped a drunken man in a Cambridge Park.
Peter Robinson, chairman of Bassingbourn Parish Council, has demanded an apology from the Ministry of Defence, saying there should have been tighter controls after concerns were first raised.
He said villagers were ‘appalled’ after hearing three other Libyan soldiers also sexually assaulted four women in the space of an hour on the same night.
‘The Ministry of Defence has been terrible and done nothing from the start,’ Mr Robinson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
‘Even before this kicked off we had a lot of people not being able to use the site. They were obviously concerned about security. We knew the perimeter leaked like a sieve.
‘So if they thought they posed a danger why didn’t they do something about it?
‘We have tried to speak to the defence secretary about this but we haven’t had an apology.’