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. Krishna Ghimire

    Well said, John.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    I think we should wage another war on Libya, Egypt and few other nations. We also need to make sure those wars dont cost us less than one trillion dollars each. Now that China owns our underwear and more we should go in deeper whole. I have a better idea though, how about we get the hell out of those barren lands and mind our own business to fight the real war of unemployment in our homeland and let those animals do whatever they want to do to each other.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tammy

    I hope this lady is granted asylim in America, this is one person sick of living in a country of subpression all of life & knows there is a better life in this world somewhere else & if leaving her country is what it takes, freak-n good riddens. This person is tired of the years of talk & NO action! You go girl!!

    June 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krishna Ghimire

      The problem is that whoever is welcoming her is afraid of her allegations! I see there next in the line Mr. Nic Robertson of CNN.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmerz

      and YOU can pay for her living...

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

    How about giving this poor girl a fighting chance at escaping the people running after her by STOP REPORTING EVERY TIME SHE GOES SOMEWHERE.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony's Case Posts

    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 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 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Your obsessionn with Casey is not healthy dude. You need to take a step back and look at yourself. I know you are that poor little creature, aka the troll, that is trying to get people to respond to you. That's what makes it so sad. Nobody really cares.

      June 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    John q, I don't care about this lady's story, but racists islamophobic guys like you are an American shame and should be deported out of this country and your citizenship should taken away from you, like what the Saudi did to binladen. There is no difference between you on the other bearded extremists. I

    June 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rational

    I think she is having a laugh at the expense of us all. Its so friggin easy to get a legal entry into US. Haha... Soon she will be here and more of my tax money will support her lavish lifestyle. I say lavish in comparison the hit-hole she lives in now. Why does she always have makeup on? Shouldnt she just lay off the makeup for a while? CNN keeps her ni the news because if she makes her way into US, media will get so much out of the story – they will report on her for months and years as a success story – how a poor gal escaped Libya and became liberate in America. Just call off the whole thing, will ya?

    June 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhyOhWhy?

      @rational: I'm sorry but the fact that she wears make-up has nothing to do with anything. Like your grandmother, mother, sister or wife never wears any!

      June 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cooldadof2

    Give this rest already! Tragic, yes. Important in the grand scheme of things, NO! There are far more pressing news of real consequence to report.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bigguy

    I think CNN is getting obsessed with this women.....Too much Suger is also bitter

    June 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SadGirl

    I feel for this girl this happened to me when I was 16 but they faced charges and went to jail. She has to run from her assailants and the people who allowed it to happen. My heart breaks for her. No one knows what being violated like this feels like until it happens to them.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Conkfritter

    Enough already on thie woman. If it is not Lohan its Paris and now her. So she is going somewhere. I don;t care as along as it is happily ever after. Let's care more about our disabled vets and have them get good healthcare and a life
    for their familes. That I am worried about more than this woman. Have her go to Joplin and help with the clean up and then MAYBE we will care.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. searchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    Close the borders? Fine by me as long as you also kick out everyone who has descended from the colonists. Let the descendants of American Indians, Mexicans, Pacific Islanders, Asians, Latin Americans, Caribbean and Africans stay and you may be on to something...In the absence of the British Colonists' descendants, this country could turn out all right...

    June 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. seemorebutts

    This story is like a bad case of the crabs.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. seemorebutts

    Send her to Iran. They know how to treat their women.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phillip Marlowe

    Who the F cares! Americans loosing homes, living in cars, and she travels from one country to the next with no proof other than hwat she says and this makes the news on CNN and you all wonder why Fox crushed you in the ratings daily and nightly.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I LOVE how Americans are losing their homes and sleeping in cars! Especially those who can't even own their cars! 🙂

      June 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zed 0

      If you don't care then why did you click the link to this article?

      June 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • john639

      Your fake name doesn't fool me one bit! Muslim males masquerading as concerned american's is really a joke!
      Your broken english and anti-female hatred is a dead give away.
      We ALL KNOW your trick is to discredit, disregard and threaten so we all pretend Libyan thugs are 'nice' guys.

      You're BUSTED!!!!

      June 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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