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Libyan soldiers accused of rape seen on CCTV at time of attack

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Media captionThe accused were filmed approaching people shortly before the alleged rape of a man in a park

CCTV footage showing two Libyan cadets moments before and after they allegedly raped a man in Cambridge has been shown at their trial.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were stationed at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, when the attack took place in October.

Film shows the pair approaching a number of people shortly before a man in his 20s was raped in a park.

The defendants both deny rape and aiding and abetting rape.

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Image caption Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila were also seen in Cambridge after the alleged attack

Cambridge Crown Court was shown footage of the pair approaching members of the public in the city centre shortly before the attack on Christ's Pieces on 26 October.

The film shows the men meeting the alleged victim at 03:26 BST before taking him to an isolated area of the park.

'Not human'

The pair are later seen walking through the city before going into a petrol station to call a taxi.

The rapes are said to have taken 38 minutes and the alleged victim rang the police within minutes of the soldiers leaving him.

In a later interview with the police, the jury heard the man described the defendants as "animals".

"They were horrendous, they weren't human," he said.

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Image caption The man was walking through Cambridge city centre alone

Last week, prosecutor John Farmer told the jury the defendants accepted they had sex with the man but said he consented and claim he made up the allegation after stealing money from them.

He told the court: "They behaved like two hunting dogs who had seen a wounded animal."

More than 300 Libyan cadets training at Bassingbourn were sent home early after the allegations came to light.

Up to 2,000 soldiers had been due to undergo basic infantry and junior command training at the barracks under a scheme intended to support the Libyan government's efforts to improve the stability of the country following the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in 2011.

The trial continues.

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