World Bulletin/News Desk
A group of Libyan army cadets whose training programme in Britain was halted early after a series of sex attacks on local residents have claimed asylum, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Monday.
Earlier this month, Fallon said the cadets would be sent home early after two were charged with rape and three more were charged with sexual assaults.
"Some 100 left during the course of the training by agreement with the Libyan authorities, the remainder have all now been returned properly to Libya, apart from five who remain in custody and a very small handful who have claimed asylum," Fallon told parliament on Monday.
Britain played a key role in the Libyan revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, mounting an air campaign against his forces.
But Libya has since been riven by infighting with two governments vying for legitimacy and Amnesty International accusing all sides of war crimes.
Fallon said he thought such training would in future better be organised "in the country itself or very close to it."