01 October 2015
Slater and Gordon Write to Prime Minster over Libyan Soldiers Asylum Applications
A woman who was sexually assaulted by three Libyan soldiers who are now seeking asylum in the UK has expressed her anger, saying they should not be allowed to stay in the country.
The woman, who is being represented by Slater and Gordon Lawyers, received a letter yesterday informing her of the asylum applications by three men who subjected her to an intimidating sexual assault.
Our client is incredibly angry at the arrogance of the three Libyan soldiers in applying for asylum and says, "Seeing my attackers' faces again has brought what happened flooding back. They subjected me to a horrible, intimidating sexual assault which I will never be able to forget.
“It is not only an insult to me and the other women they attacked but an insult to all those people who genuinely need asylum here. They have brought this on themselves and should never be granted asylum.”
The three Libyan cadets carried out the attacks while stationed at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire as guests of the British Army who were training them to support the newly-formed Libyan government.
The men stole bicycles and rode into Cambridge city centre before sexually assaulting three teenage women during the early hours of October 26 2014.
Letter to David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron previously insisted that no Libyan soldiers involved in the training programme should be granted asylum after a "very small handful" made applications to stay in the UK.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have written to the Prime Minister to register our client’s serious concerns about the asylum applications made by the three men who sexually assaulted her.
This is a cynical asylum bid by attackers who don’t appear to have shown any contrition for their awful crimes.
If an application like this were to succeed it would bring the asylum system into disrepute at a time when many are in genuine need of sanctuary from war and persecution.
Richard Scorer is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse.
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