Alleged Libyan rape victim leaves Libya for Malta, source says
Eman al-Obeidy has left Libya to go to Malta, a source told CNN.
June 5th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

Alleged Libyan rape victim leaves Libya for Malta, source says

Eman al-Obeidy has left Libya and is on the way to Malta with her father, according to a high-level U.S. State Department source. She will eventually head to a processing center in Europe before leaving for a final destination. Al-Obeidy grabbed the world's attention this spring when she accused Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's security forces of gang-raping her. She has told CNN on repeated occasions that she wants to go to United States. Read more about this story as it develops.

Watch CNN's Nic Robertson report on the latest about al-Obeidy. Watch details of why Qatar, where al-Obeidy had been staying, deported her back to Libya last week. The United States said it was "disappointed" with Qatar's move.

Libyan rebels are arbitrarily detaining dozens of civilians suspected of being loyal to Gadhafi and are holding them without trial or due process, Human Rights Watch charged Sunday. At least one person is thought to have died in custody, with his body showing signs of torture, the group said in a report based on visits to rebel-held parts of Libya. It is difficult to tell exactly how many civilians are being held without charge because some are held by militias and because the rebels do not clearly distinguish between civilian detainees and captured pro-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said.

The rebel Transitional National Council, based in Benghazi in eastern Libya, is seeking international support including money in its battle to oust Gadhafi. A NATO-led mission that has focused airstrikes on Gadhafi's military capability bolsters the rebel efforts.

For more on al-Obeidy, read story about a CNN videographer who witnessed al-Obeidy's desperate cries when she rushed into the Tripoli hotel in late March.

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. BOB

    Wants a free ticket to the US, and CNN is looking for an audience.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. sadiesadie

    Wow, I have to question whether some of you posters are in possession if a human heart.
    Just because her medical records weren't made public doesn't mean she wasn't checked out by a doctor. The UN wouldn't be lax during investigation.
    BTW wouldn't you speak out if you found out that a group of people were using you to further their political agenda?
    This woman has been brutally taken advantage of, and I for one hope she makes it to the USA and lives a peaceful and quiet life.
    It course most of you lack empathy tor anyone but yourselves, selfish jerks.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meeka

    Oh, my gosh, soft or not, one thing I've noticed about us Americans is we CAN'T SHUT UP! And apparently some of us can't keep our stories straight. Undrstand this, reporters seem to be looking for stories that are not kind, but seem to be trying to find something other than the brutal truths which are found in smaller articles and are only hinted at. think, read, learn. it might help.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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