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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  1. HappyReaper5

    Ms. al-Obeidy reminds me of our Marines, only without the weaponry. We'd fight for her and with her anytime. Semper Fi!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dc3gal

    So glad she is out of Libya. I wish she could go to the states or come to Canada. Either country could us a good strong lawyer like her.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Skip

      Canada can have her...

      June 6, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • agathokles

      Yeah. Like we have a shortage of lawyers here in America?

      June 6, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      If she is such a good lawyer why didnt she apply for immigration legally instead of coming in the back door????

      June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • enemell

      Apply for immigration legally instead of come in through the back door?! What is wrong with you? Are you suggesting that someone working with the State Department could possibly be an illegal immigrant? Do you know ANYTHING about how asylum and refugee status works? Why do I even people are hopeless.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mm

      Canada, please take her. U.S. does not need the likes of her. She is a good lawyer and an even better liar!

      June 6, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      I'm pretty sure none of the self-complacent fools dissing this courageous woman on this blog would survive an hour of the treatment that she has recieved and keep her resolution, sobbing and babbling in a corner of a cell, looking for ways to commit suicide seems more likely. Not all Americans are, but the U.S. has a lot of folks that are like Christmas ornaments, shiny on the outside, nothing on the inside.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Jorge: There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE that ANY of what this woman has been saying is true. But hey, free ticket to the US on the tax payers' dime. Good deal right?

      June 6, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • dean IN

      anna, she probably has a very good idea how the legal immigration system works to get into the U.S. She will be seeking political asylum, if she is allowed in. I 'll take a chance on her compared to the millions crossing our southern border that would gladly sell out the U.S. in a heartbeat.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Keith

    America (CNN) has a thing about this woman. This is so yesterday's news.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • agathokles

      "America" doesn't get to choose the stories that CNN decides to feed us.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      I guess Americans are suckers for a good lie.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. victoria fox

    What gives us the right to judge? She may be lying or telling the truth, as of yet we do not know. Yet she's pointing out how things are there, what gives us the right to point out if she's right or wrong? or to judge her truthfulness by her "face and clothes" which is nonsense by the way, you can rarely tell one's virginity by his or her appearance. We cannot tell as of yet if she is telling the truth or not. If not, why? Is it to get attention, like the balloon boy, or to point out a problem, like inequality to women?Those of you who deny her honesty, why? What proof do you have that she's not telling the truth? Yet those of you who believe her, why? What makes you think she speaks the truth? This day in age you cannot trust everyone to be truthful. Also, if you're putting in your own blog, think before you act, a video or other means of having seen or heard this situation electronically are unlikey, and if they existed, they most likely would have previously been destroyed. Thanks for reading this.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • EX-Navy Mineman

      Why ask why? Drink bud dry

      June 6, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Christina333

      What does her virginity have to do with anything?

      June 6, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • goodjob2

      it's easy, we just say it... we know everything, we learn it from CNN..

      June 6, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. victoria fox

    Also, I would like to ask that those posting stop hurling accusatios at one another or particular groups, parties or countries, honestly, not everyone has the same views, opinions, and insights. for instance one in particular who blames Christians for problems in the U.S. yes, problems happen, but you cannot blame them on one oganization, religion, or other category. most problems are caused be caused by two or more disagreeing parties and not one person, or group in particular. I also agree that if you do not care, do not post. thank you.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Doug

    I totally believed this woman until she was sent to Yemen where she made another scene.. I an of the opinion she wanted to come to America and this drama queen opted for the easiest way to do it.. This woman knows exactly what she's doing, except I don't believe her anymore !

    June 6, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • agathokles

      She never went to Yemen.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Christina333

      What did she do?

      June 6, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Doug: Do you mean Qatar? At any rate, I agree that this woman is lying and had one goal in mind: free ticket out of Libya preferably to a soft easily manipulated welfare state in the West.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • al-biddy

      You're right: it's over the top. I think she will encounter issues until she gets ticket into US.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LOW LYF


    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Katie

    What, we're not bringing her to the US, setting her up with a house, a job and lots of money???

    June 6, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Krishna Ghimire

      Then another girl will come up pretty soon to follow her trail to reside in US without much effort and without any proof as they know how they can fool us!

      June 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Give her time!

      June 6, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. adam modelski

    Eman al-Obeidy, has been severely abused becasue she has spoken out about practices that are not acceptable in my American culture. For this I offer her my respect and protection.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Got any proof of this abuse? Because, if you did, you'd be the first one.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Epic Fail

    @Anthony – enough with the case posts/op-ed pieces in a non-related article. If you want a job with the newsies, go to college and apply after you get your degree.
    @All who think this article is trite- You may be right. Or not.It's a filler piece in a 24-hour news cycle society. The fluff about one girls "tragic happenstance being born into a culture raised to treat their cattle better"
    I agree, without proof of one form or another, there is no concrete way for her claims to be supported or denied. That doesn't preclude us, as Americans, from being supportive of anyone seeking to emmigrate here legally and through the proper channels.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Willie12345

    Hillary's humanitarian war is certainly providing lots of peace and security to the people of that part of the world. Thank goodness for our humanitarian intervention.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      If you don't know that this has been going on for tens of centuries, you have no grasp of historical fact. Certainly you can find some better criticism of the conflict in Libya or of Sec. Clinton. Poor effort.

      June 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Mark


    June 6, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. beermorebeer

    If this woman f@rts; it's breaking news.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • agathokles

      Wrong. It's breaking wind.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. momar

    Oy. I'm getting so tired of this broad.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • dean IN

      Mabe you would feel better had she been your sister or mother perhaps.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Soar Addie

    Why does she choose the USA?

    June 6, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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