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Trio say not sex assault victims of 'drunken' British MP

Published on Mar 12, 2014 5:48 AM
British Conservative MP and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, arrives at Preston Crown Court northern England, on March 10, 2014. Evans appeared at court on Monday charged with sexual offences against men. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Three men allegedly drunkenly sexually assaulted by a former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons do not consider themselves victims of any offence, a court heard on Tuesday.

None of the men made a complaint to the police about Nigel Evans, who was forced to resign his post in the lower chamber of parliament after he was charged in September.

The openly gay lawmaker, 56, denies nine charges dating from 2002 to 2013, involving seven men. They include two counts of indecent assault, six of sexual assault and one of rape.

On the second day of Evans' trial at Preston Crown Court in northwest England, the first three of his alleged victims - none of whom can be identified - gave evidence from the witness box.

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