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. Monica

    How absolutely ignorant some of you are. First, you say that you can tell by "her face" that she is telling a tall tale and then you would like to see a video of her being abused to see if she is telling the truth. How should a victim of physical violence look, you ignoramous?? Second, do you get off by seeing acts of violence on tape?? Maybe we should see if we could put you away somewhere.. Ridiculous. Who the hell makes us judge and jury when these type of events happen? Have we not seen what happens to women in the middle east and how often they are abused without anyone ever helping? I am afraid to know if a daughter or mother close to you would suffer in such a way that would you ask to see a video tape to ensure they are telling the truth.. Ridiculous.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      You know just thinking about it the video tape would only show how UGLY these men really are. Anyone who abuses another in this way is completely VOID of good.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • stewart raymond weaver

      we would need to see that tape for evidence. how else are we going to prosecute the bad guys.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • abd

      There has been such a lack of empathy on this story, it does my heart good to know I am not the only one dismayed over it. The story breaks my heart, the comments steal my hope.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkdres

      People who believe this story is true are just as bad as the ones saying it is a tall tale. No one knows s#^t, so why bother getting so emotionally attached to one end or the other...get a life...

      June 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      who knows what happen? no one ever will..unless a tape surfaces or more witnesses...

      anyways they never tip when i deliver them pizza so who cares..

      June 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    OK, so if the child innocently drowned herself in the pool then why did Casey Anthony lie about it to the investigators when she was CLEARLY marked as a prime suspect?Why not just call an ambulance?
    THEN she got caught in the lie because the person she said was baby sitting her daughter( probably got the name in a phone book) never met her in her life.She got caught in the lie when she led the investigators to an apartment that WASN’T EVEN VACANT.No Where near where this babysitter really lived.
    After she got caught she sat in jail and came up with this even better story that is harder to be diss-proven.How did the duct tape get on her daughter again?How did the duct tape get on her daughters mouth again?
    OK OK so lets just ASSUME the little girl drowned in the pool………….Why would she cover up for her father after the defense clearly said her father said to her “I’m gonna make sure you go to prison for the rest of your life for this”Then she left and went partying

    Casey Anthony is just NUTS and a pathological lair.She was living a lie for years even before this whole thing happened.The “babysitter” was a 2 yr lie that she fed to her dad and tried to feed to the investigators that ended up at an empty apartment.She should be tried for lying to the police on 2 accounts on top of everything..

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

      "Casey Anthony is just NUTS and a pathological lair"

      that means she is dynomite in bed!!

      June 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scoto

    the 2011 Elain Gonzalez story

    June 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BUFFALO

    After that, she'll be whisked to FOX/TV for her make-over, Weight Watchers meeting and a whirlwind romance with a sports-star. Then her own reality show and line of baby clothes. What a country!

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

      ha .. good point ! poor balloon baby one flopped .. we can do anything for a reality show !

      June 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      i think i would rather "do" the monkey from outbreak..

      June 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sheila

    The rebels are holding civilians without good reason, torturing, and perhaps killing them – but we're helping them and want them to take power after Gadhafi is ousted?

    June 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BillyBob117

    Why is this considerd news--where is the evidence-–who is paying her way to travel-–I do not believe her--

    June 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Good then next time something happens to YOU may your close ones NOT BELIEVE YOU. sh@@@t head

      June 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krishna Ghimire

      And who is paying for his beauty-Parlor expense and for the well-done outfit!

      June 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • demonic1

      When this woman first approached the foreign media, it was reported that she showed many signs of the brutality that was forced on her. That and the reaction from the Libyan officials that day should be enough for even the most ignorant morons posting here.
      I for one believe her and I hope she makes it to America. She would make a much better citizen than you hate spewers who have no life.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • SadGirl

      Its good that you have all the evidence so you can make an informed decision on whether she is telling the truth or not. God for you that you can be her judge.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zeiss

    Every damn conflict we enter we must create a symbol od suffering...becuase we have to hate those our government attacks, after all we are paying for it all...I wouldn't be surprised if this woman does not even exist, and the picture is one of many stock photos...

    June 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. heather

    I kno the politically correct thing to say is that's another culture, blah...but part of me also says "c'mon, hunger strikes, violent protests, whatever" until women gain safety in muslim countries. to a degree western culture has. i mean we used to have laws on the size of a switch/stick used to beat your wife. and someone please do something about fgm in africa. look that one up.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. austrianinmyheart

    i can't fanthom what the woman in the middle east or africa have to endure day after day.
    thank our troops to keep us free from this terrible fate. god bless america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis

      I know right!! We complain about our government but at the end of the day, as a woman at least, there are very few safe places for us to live. America is one of the safe places.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gwats

    As crowded and overwhelmed as America is with immigrants that just don't 'get it', I would hope we could find room for Miss Al-Obeidy. No one should have to suffer what she's gone through just to get simple Justice. She's put a human face on this kind of injustice.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    It's embarrassing how hateful people can be.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 123

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sESvJ4bn50c&w=640&h=390] :

    June 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe Mahma

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    Thanks for the update on this nobody.

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    June 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike in SA

    This just in...Eman al-Obeidy accuses Maltese Prime Minister of beating her and hitting her with a shoe upon her arrival. Says attack was instigated by the favorite TV cartoon character of the Libyan tribal east!

    June 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    I hope this lady finds the peace and well-being she deserves, no matter what country she decides to seek asylum in.

    Of course some of you would rather see her looking like sh!t warmed over, apparently with stuff dripping down her legs for authenticity.
    But then, you people are no better that those who did this to her in the first place!

    Shame on you!!!!!

    June 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Just wait, they'll kick her out of Malta too when they figure out she lied about the whole thing.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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