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BBC World Service translator cleared of indecent assault

A former World Service Arabic translator arrested as part of the Operation Yewtree inquiry into sex abuse has been cleared of indecently assaulting a woman at the BBC.

Walid Moussa, 76, was accused of seven offences between 1983 and 1984.

Mr Moussa, from West Finchley in north London, who was arrested in 2014, was found not guilty by a jury at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mr Moussa is the first Yewtree suspect to be cleared by a jury.

Operation Yewtree, led by the Metropolitan Police force, is the investigation into sexual abuse allegations that has arisen since Jimmy Savile was exposed as one of the most prolific sex offenders in British history.

The revelations and subsequent police investigation led to a series of separate allegations.

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