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 CNN.com 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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  1. boris

    Honeslty I dont care what this woman does! This should not be in the news. This is so dumb.

    June 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray stein

      Americans are priviedged, and spoiled. Some of us have forgotten the struggles it takes for a country to become democratic. 9 / 11 happened, in part, as an outgrowth of people victimized by dictatorships: angry, and looking for someone (a country's people, in this case, the US), blame and to lash out at, they chose the US. Ignore the world, and struggles of people wanting freedom, and expect more 9/11's.

      This woman is incredibly brave and symbolizes a movement, where young people are willing to risk their lives for freedom. They need the help of people from other countries, and the attention of the media, for help. People's actions, throughout the world, sometimes show the best of us as humans – brave and determined to make the world better. In her own way, she has put herself on the line, not shut up as they gov't wants her to, to help her people and country.

      Go to a gossip website if you don't care what is going on in the world. The fact is, she is a part of a historical movement in the mid east, which is unprecedented. CNN is a world media outlet and I, for one and I am sure not the only one, want to know what is happening to her.

      June 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      @Ray, she may very well be a clever opportunist. Will find out if she gets the crap beaten out of her by the flight crew or by people in the Malta.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HappyReaper5

      Decent, compassionate people care. Guess that leaves Boris out.

      June 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dick

    Oh, God, will this story EVER go away. I cannot even begin to express my lack of concern for this woman or her future plans.

    June 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MUFC19

      I think you chose the correct name for yourself.

      June 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I hope that the story goes away, in that she and others like her find peace and safety. Likely your life means little to anyone, so I hope that your story disappears.

      June 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamela

      you are a disgusting human being

      June 5, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • optimistica

      Sooooooooo on board with MUFC19 – your name is perfect – have you no soul? How can you not be ashamed of your thoughts?

      June 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    May this woman find peace, however her story turns out.

    June 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    dont mind me, im a meth head. Im sooo meth'd up, im sorry if i meth'd other people up, what? mmmmm im so lonely

    June 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    sooooo meth'd up, i meant messed up

    June 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    i like farm animals

    June 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      There is something fishy about this whole story. Perhaps the Qatar government found out the real story on her thats why they forcibly deported her along with her family. The western governments know it too,they are just too concerned about the backlash about it. Just like weapons of mass destruction which never existed, perhaps this too is a case built upon hearsay.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Liberty Queen

    @boris and @Dick ... Eman Al-Obeidy has more courage than both you two pathetic losers put together.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BRD

    You guys sure are easy to lead to war, why does ALL this come out now?

    the Arab Spring is a lie, I can't speak for Tunisia but Bahrain,
    Egypt,Libya, Syria, Yemen (you have been bombing them for years with
    drones, including Pakistan – your "Media" doesn't tell you this)

    I would love to give examples for every country the CIA has begun
    destabilizing (most former allies no less)... but partisan liberals like
    95% of CNN users will see a controversial view point and immediately
    disregard anything that against their prime directive of being part of
    the Left Vs Right puppet theater - I'll keep it short and pose
    questions instead of stating facts (which you will call biased ignorant
    opinion) – try to answer them honestly, you are only answering to
    yourself after all.

    1) Why are you so quick to trust your MSM after they have led your
    country to war under many false statements from SINGLE individuals,
    Examples:

    1a) Nayirah testiomony – Member of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait on
    the payroll of Hill and Knowlton,daughter of Kuwaiti ambassador that
    lied to congress stating Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators
    and leaving them on the floor to die – led your country to war because
    the media was complicit and refused to do SIMPLE FACT CHECKING until it
    was done by independents.

    1b) If Nadiyah was an outlier, why was your country led to war on the
    word of a single person of dubious character? I am referring to the CIA
    informant Curveball who led the US to war AGAIN in 2004 under false
    testimony, this time with public whistle blowers in the GFIS (AKA the
    German CIA) yet you let them lead you to war on
    knowingly false testimony.

    2)Why are Colin Powell and Dick Cheney still walking as free men?

    3) Why if your government is so corrupt do you think corruption stops
    at the state and local level? Is local systemic corruption somehow
    immune to projecting itself as geopolitical wars of aggression?

    4) Is MURIKA an Empire or something different? Are you the good guys?
    Are there bad guys? Can you beat the invisible enemy "Terrorism" like
    you beat the Invisible enemy of "Communism"?

    5) Why have we seen this play out many times in the past yet we
    refuse to learn from it? Is it worth teaching History in school worth it
    if we repeat analogous situations in the present?

    Not that any of these questions matter, your masters have decided to
    lead you to war and you have not an ounce of critical thinking in you.

    Remember what happens to the empires, tyrants and the ignorant masses who are distracted by baubles and petty distractions

    Brown Shirt! Commie! LEFT!,RIGHT!,EAST!,WEST!,YES!,NO!,GOOD!,BAD!

    go back to sleep at the government propaganda machines teet, I am also listening to KMFDM – Glory if it matters...fitting.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ray stein

    Americans are privlidged, and spoiled. Some of us have forgotten the struggles it takes for a country to become democratic. 9 / 11 happened, in part, as an outgrowth of a group victimized by dictatorships, angry, and looking for someone (a country's people, in this case, the US), to lash out at. This woman is incredibly brave and sybolizes a movement, where young people are willing to risk their lives for freedom. They need the help of people from other countries, especially the US. Go to a gossip website if you don'tcare what is going on in the world. The fact is, she is a part of a historical movement in the mid east, which is unprecedented.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    I am so glad to hear she is out of Libya! I hope she finds safety and healing and a future here in the U.S.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Enough of this stupid woman and the nonsense they are making out of her. She got a free ticket to the US with this BS.

    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamela

      You're a pig.

      June 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • optimistica

      You're a Perfect Porcine in the derogatory way that term is used. In actuality, the true living pigs of the world are princes compared to you!

      June 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pix

    Krishna, you are a bona-fide loon.

    So if somebody disagrees with you assessment, they're paid off by a corporation? They're a part of a big conspiracy? To do...what?

    And what does out legal system have to do with this woman?

    Get your tin-foil hat and put it back on, Mr. Krishna. The beams have been hitting you too much again, and you're ranting.

    Cállate, ingrato!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Le Gume

    @ Krishna Ghimire:

    You sound unbalanced.
    Are you all right?
    If Krishna is your mantra, you should think of changing it up to something that may actually be useful to you, because, quite frankly, you sound a little mentally unsound.
    Do you hate women?
    Is that it?
    Or are you just a bit dim?
    Innocent until proven guilty isn't even the topic here. I wonder...do you even know how to stay on topic?
    Or are you just as batty as the person posting all the garbage about the CA trial?

    June 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alfredo

    Malta is a good choice. Hiding in another Muslim nation was a bad choice... Hope she finds peace...

    June 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whoa

    i can see our founding father's in heaven looking down on us and show their disappreciation for the people who don't care about the world. yes we have our own problems in the united states, but you can blame congress for that one. our nation was built by people in different countries. now its time to return the favor and help them with their independence.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
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