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. Danny K

    Can CNN help this lady bringing her to USA. I see CNN is very sympathetic towards this lady but never extended loving arms towards her neither the CNN nor the American Government.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HH

    Really thats breaking news..who is in charge at CNN on weekends

    June 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humanity

      Her story is compelling. (Thank you for reporting it CNN.) If it is of no interest to you, don't click on it, HH.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robert williams


    June 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Yet, here you are.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. terrell yeager

    The word "Alleged" insinuates she may be lying.They should just let her come to America.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      The term "alleged" does not imply lying, it implies lack of confirmation.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Krishna Ghimire

    O CNN, please stop this Al-Obeidy! Is she your relatives or what? Haven't you had enough of her? Looking at her beautiful face and outfit? O..... please stop anything about her! Don't make joke out of this political movement!

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

    I owuld of thought Oprea would of adopted her on the final episode

    June 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Maybe you should adopt a dictionary.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob Steven Sal

    CNN needs to drop this hag already!!! this story sucks... why is this broad getting so much attention?

    June 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony's Case Posts

    I actually heard some news commentaries say they thought Biaz did a good job, they must not have listened to what he said. If this was an accident no one would have went to jail. Does her attorney really want us to believe the Police wanted this to be a murder so they covered up the drowning, George blamed this “accidental drowning” on Casey so she would have to go to jail, the meter reader must have been lurking around their house 24-7 knowing Caylee was going to die, he could follow George into the woods, dig up the body, save it just to put it back later inorder claim a reward, which everyone in Central Fl know it was if the child was found alive, even the meter reader. How did her little bones get scattered all over the wooded area unless it had been there quite awhile, they were scattered by animals, My God they had to sift through the debree for days to find as much of the remains as possible. Why didn’t Casey go to the police and tell them of here fathers cover up, then he would have went to jail and out of her life. The wooded area was under water for quite a while after the child was put there, you see we had a tropical depresson that soaked the gound and it stayed underwater for a long time. How did vines start to wrap around the remains, it had to be there for awhile for that to happen. Oh and where the hell did the meter reader hid the body? Goodness the police, the meter reader, george anthony, equa-search, seems everyone was involved in this consiracy to send Casey to prison. If the jury buys into this I will loose all faith in the justice.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ixay

    When I saw the breaking news alert, I swear it said Miami and not Malta.

    I also think there is something very strange about this woman's story.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lurke3r

    If you want to post comments about the anthony case do it on the anthony story. Have you noticed that people are ignoring your ignorant ass?
    As far as this chick goes... she can come stay with me . she is kind of cute.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimzcarz

    If I were her I'd be figuring out a way to get out of the country. Not putting on more make-up and getting in front of the TV camera's.(she's been made-up in every photo we've seen of her) Something just doesn't seem right about all of this.
    I can tell you this though. If what she said happened to her was true. I would be grabbing a gun and killing those assailants,
    on my way out of that god forsaken country.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adib

    she lies, i am arab i kenow her.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kishore

    Just shoot me. Now. I can't take this crap anymore on the front page of CNN, everyday, day after day.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Krishna Ghimire

    Looking at her face and dress I have strong doubt about her alleged abuse case, but I have no doubt about that she is a clever women to fool our media and politicians!

    June 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      Okay, how on earth do you determine that from her face and dress?

      June 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenna USA

      How could you possibly know that? What a ridiculous statement. She is out of danger now...that is why she looks better.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExAnthro

      Tell me, how should she look?

      June 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Who brainwashed you to hate women?

      June 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raj Muthusamy

      It is a foolish statement!. The victim will not look the same after 90 days. Come on guy, do not victimize the victim.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man

      Krishna, just because you might be ugly and unattractive doesn't give you the rights to bash this lady like that.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hear Ye

      By far the dumbest statement yet!

      June 6, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |

    to bad there wasnt a video so we could watch it and make sure she is not telling a talltale..

    June 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExAnthro

      Exactly how would that be helfpul? Remember, she'd be talking through a translator.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

      she'd be like another one... no!!!! too many....

      June 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Yeah, cause you're such a crazy genius expert at interpreting facial expressions and body language from a video... in another language.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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