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Britain's former parliament speaker cleared of sex assaults

Published on Apr 10, 2014 10:27 PM
 
British Conservative MP and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans arrives at Preston Crown Court northern England April 10, 2014. The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday, April 10, 2014, of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men.

Mr Nigel Evans, 56, had been accused of using his "powerful" political influence to take advantage of the men.

But a jury at Preston Crown Court in northwest England found Mr Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.

The rape complainant, aged 22, had told the court he was raped and sexually assaulted by Evans after a dinner party at the defendant's home in March last year, but the openly gay lawmaker said the sex was consensual.

 
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