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. tim

    We want her come USA at my home. Poor lady .. Eman al-Obeidy. We are Christian. .

    June 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • al-biddybeidy

      You had me up to "We are christian."

      June 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott from NH

    The Maltese invented the culture of hospitality. They will take care of her.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon-E-Mouse

      My neighbor has a couple of Maltese. I don't think they are capable of taking care of anybody.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jenna USA

    I wish her peace and safety and a good future.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trish

    Hey Guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life..... Thanks

    June 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Raymond:
    That's sick on so many levels, and you know it....

    June 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jennifer Leikness

    Seems to me like she's crying wolf just to get a free pass to the US.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Well then just ignore it.but this story just shows the depth of disrespect that the middle east has for the women.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Opps and how good we women have it here in America and other countries that value us more as equal ppl of God or in the General public.

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

      -middle east list of importance--

      man
      first born son
      other sons
      camels
      dogs
      cats
      food
      water
      dirt
      women...

      June 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sam spade

    The reason CNN is perpetuating this story is to help justify the West's attack on Libya. This woman's story comes directly from the CIA's playbook

    June 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ralk

    Fox says she is here in this country and cnn reports she is in Malta...who is lying here.

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

      It may be to protect her from FAR REACHING ARMS.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RicknKy

    I am glad she is safe, however I don't understand the media attention. They are following her every move like Paris Hilton, neither of which are major new stories given the events taking place in to world today.

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

      I'm actually more interested in her than Paris Hilton.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darren

    Why is she being allowed in Malta? Obviously there are cracks in her story if the rebels and the Qataris also beat her. How many more countries have to take her in?

    June 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ken

    Of course she wants to come to the United States.

    She knows Piers will interview her on CNN, Fox and NBC will do the same, and naturally, a book and movie deal will be in the offing as well. She is a very clever woman indeed.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      I love how ppl like to put their OWN spin on who a person IS!

      June 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      Too bad you don't sound very clever, at all.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kerry Berger

    I wish the very best to Eman al-Obeidy. May she have an easy adjustment period to her new life abroad where ever she chooses to settle, and she uses her experience to help other women.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Krishna Ghimire

    Nic Robertson, when Al- Obeidy starts blaming on you then you will learn your lesson for putting her on the front page of CNN!

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

      ...somebody is jealous...

      June 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ RUFF, OMG please say it aint so... we women are beneath dirt!

    June 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      remember that is the –middle east list- i think they actually still can stone people over there...

      how can there religeion be correct if they treat there women like such garbage..

      June 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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