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. forreal89

    who cares

    June 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      You care. You clicked the link.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fadeinlight

    So...I've heard these journalists tell her story over and over again...but not once have I heard them consider what seemed pretty obvious to me: that she might be lying.

    These journalists are so naive.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pittsburgh

    pleaseee CNN stop this crap now... you've become so much worse the Fox lately.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AlexanderAng

    who the 'f' care anymore ??? we've seen her face and news about her MUCH MORE than we see or hear of our PRESIDENT !!!

    June 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony's Case Posts

    The Prosecution laid it all out, day by day. They are telling the truth about her. Baez and his team of morons, being paid by the taxpayers of FL, I might add, can only come up with an out and out lie to defend her. Birds of a feather flock together, lies. lies, and more lies.
    Baez is no better than his client, in my opinion. Hopefully the jurors will be able to dig themselves out of the crap that the Defense team is burying them in and see the truth, that this calculating, manipulative, evil mother murdered her child for her own selfish purposes, and believed her own damn lies and thought she could get away with it. RIP Caylee, the truth will prevail, your truth, your story.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AlexanderAng

    I think CNN journalist wants to 'get' with her s_xually

    June 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Yeah, that's it, they are going through the trouble of getting her through a war torn country, bypassing the millions of women between the USA and the Middle East just to get it on "s_xually" with this woman. You've figured it out, big guy!

      June 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dejardins

    I hope we will find the reason behind her deportation from Qattar

    June 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Concern

    I start to wonder our criticism against Gadhafi, after this woman spoken against Gadhafi's government on TV all over the world and yet she can leave and come back and then now leave again as will. Something doesn't add up here people!

    June 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Wow, you're quite the detective.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony's Case Posts

    Also for the record….I do not think her dad molested her. I believe this young woman is a sociopath. Nothing is ever her fault. She would only go far enough to admit she “knew” little Caylee was dead, however she COULD NOT and WOULD NOT admit she did it. She threw her entire family under the bus to save herself. What kind of person does this to her entire family? If what she is alledging her father did to her is a lie….she is going to roast in hell. That is the most AWFUL thing she could have done to him. I only hope that this man can make it through these accussations. What does her family think of her…..WOW is all I can say about Ms Casey Anthony…..”she is something else”.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |

      dont forget she's smoking hot...

      June 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tamm


    June 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony's Case Posts

    I wondered about the moving into her parent’s house after they “left”…figured it’s another self-serving lie to make herself look good…like the “nanny” she paid $400 a week and her “job” and the rest of her lies. She is cunning and I really do not buy the defense bull at all…even if she was molested by her dad, and we will never know what the truth is on that, the fact remains that she’s NOT delusional in the sense of not being able to distinguish reality from fantasy. Her lies, while crude and transparent, are far too sophisticated. She’s just another sociopath, a narcissistic liar who operates from a base of rage, hate, spite and deceit. No doubt she would have liked to get rid of her mother especially. And her father, and anyone who got in her way. Including her child. Her parents doted on Caylee which probably caused a huge narcissistic wound in Casey. And….if Caylee *had* accidentally drowned, Casey would have LOVED to play the grieving mother. LOVED the attention from the hospital, family, friends, etc. Caylee did not drown, her mother killed her.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

      the only reason she is messed up is cause behind closed doors that family has problems..

      June 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      @ RUFF , yes that is obvious... the family has REAL issues

      June 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark


    June 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Exposo

    The US should bar all asylum seekers. Refugees already in the country should be allowed to stay. But no new asylum seekers should be allowed in. There are already people with much better reasons for wanting to be here, being deported every day. These "dissidents" should not be able to jump over everyone else.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bruce

    What is up with all the headline stories of this woman? What is so important about her story? There are thousand of other women, children, and boys all over the world who experience this horrible stuff all the time. Cover some of these other abuses.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humanity

      Bruce, it's virtually impossible to report on each and every woman with a similar compelling story. However, what she is experiencing can be multiplied a thousand fold. She represents the suffering under Gaddafi's reign of terror. Her story is compelling in the same way Anne Frank's story was compelling and representative of the suffering under the Nazi reign of terror.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony's Case Posts

    Casey has got to have multiple personalities to be able to have no reaction whatsoever of her daughter dying especially if it was an accidental drowning. There is no possible way a mother could just go on with life like nothing happened without completely disassociating from reality. The cause of multiple personalities is almost always childhood abuse. That father is guilty of something..not saying what it is but he is also a detective trained to testify on the stand…that training also includes knowing all to well that body language is a big part of testifying.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • poncho, from taco stand #4

      i bet she is trained very well. i wish i was a prison guard to find out how well trained she is.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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