Libyan cadet "treated badly" at Bassingbourn

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Libyan cadet in Bassingbourn claims 'poor treatment'
By Lucy Manning Special Correspondent, BBC News

A Libyan soldier has spoken to BBC News from the Cambridgeshire barracks at the centre of Britain's controversial training mission for the Libyan army.

About 300 cadets are being sent home early from Bassingbourn Barracks after allegations of sex attacks.

Omar Al-Mukhtar, who is not one of the men accused of the assaults, said the Libyan soldiers believed the men concerned had been badly treated.

It is understood the Libyan soldiers will leave the barracks on Friday.

Two of the cadets have admitted sexual assaults against women in Cambridge, with another charged but yet to enter a plea, and a further two have appeared in court charged with rape.

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However, he said the cadets were unhappy with the way they had been treated by the British government, which he said had "not offered a comfortable way of living here [at the barracks]", and that some people were "trying to ruin the reputation of the Libyan Army".

Asked why the cadets were being flown home two weeks before the end of their course, he said: "I feel, like all the rest of us, there is no problem.

"It was the British from the beginning. They should have sought a solution and finished the training well.

"They didn't tell us about British law and what's the difference between right and wrong here."

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