Alleged Libya rape victim arrives at refugee facility in Romania
June 6th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Alleged Libya rape victim arrives at refugee facility in Romania

Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who caught the world's attention when she accused members of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces of gang-raping her, arrived Monday at a refugee facility in Romania.

Al-Obeidy had fled Libya and was awaiting resettlement as a refugee in Qatar when she was deported Thursday and sent back to Benghazi in Libya.

On Sunday, a high-level U.S. State Department source told CNN that al-Obeidy was on her way to Malta with her father, and would head to a processing center in Europe before leaving for a final destination. It may take weeks before she gets to that destination.

Another U.S. State Department source said Sunday the United States was deeply concerned about her well-being, and worked closely with officials in Europe and Libya to get her safely out of the country. The same source said the U.S. is "prepared to provide whatever help and support Eman may need."

Al-Obeidy has told CNN on repeated occasions that she wants to go to the United States.

One of the State Department sources told CNN that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "has been deeply interested in the case and has followed it throughout."

Al-Obeidy was reportedly beaten before being deported from Qatar. Najah Dawaji, a U.S.-based Libyan freedom activist, said she was with three key members of Libya's opposition Transitional National Council when they learned that al-Obeidy was forced from Doha and arrived in Benghazi on Thursday. She said al-Obeidy had a black eye, bruises on her legs and scratches on her arms.

Al-Obeidy told a journalist that officials in the Transitional National Council had pressured the Qataris to expel her.

After arriving in Qatar, al-Obeidy had made public statements saying the Transitional National Council was using her. The council denied that.

Council members were upset upon seeing al-Obeidy's condition and vowed to open an investigation, Dawaji said.

The United States said it was "disappointed" by al-Obeidy's expulsion, which it said was "a breach of humanitarian norms."

Amnesty International called the deportation "outrageous," saying the action by the Qatari government "is a serious breach by Qatar of its international obligations."

- CNN's Khalil Abdallah and Nic Robertson contributed to this report.

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  1. Ellis from Panama

    Bob 2 did it

    June 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    Just checked out a few comments on the Marquee blog. Now EVERYONE here sounds like Einstien !

    June 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riff*Raff

      @CSnSC-LMAO! I went to the Marquee blog a few weeks ago and I know what you mean. The political ticker is pretty good. Higher intellect for the most part anyway. They usually stay on topic too, its just heavily moderated and isn't interactive. It can take hours for your comments to be posted. Stick around. It's good here as long as you ignore the freaky trolls 🙂

      June 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riff*Raff

      @CSnSC-LMAO! I went to the Marquee blog a few weeks ago and I know what you mean. The political ticker is pretty good. Higher intellect for the most part anyway. They usually stay on topic too, its just heavily moderated and isn't interactive. It can take hours for your comments to be posted. Stick around..It's good here as long as you ignore the freaky trolls 🙂

      June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    The hair in question was recovered after Anthony's car was picked up from her family's home, after it had been abandoned in a parking lot, towed to an impound lot and then driven back to the family home two weeks later by Anthony's father.

    According to testimony, Anthony asked her boyfriend to pick her up from the parking lot on June 27, saying the car had run out of gas. She also told a friend that she believed an animal carcass was lodged in her car's frame.

    The car was towed to an impound lot on June 30, 2008, where a manager said he also smelled the odor of decomposition.

    An analysis of the car after the Orange County Sheriff's Office took possession of it did not show any such evidence, Bloise testified.

    Also on Saturday, Orange County crime scene investigator Mike Vincent told jurors about collecting air samples from inside Anthony's car. A scientist later found evidence of chloroform and gases associated with decomposition in those samples.

    Baez questioned whether the air inside the trunk on August 29, 2008, when it was tested, was the same as that in the car when it was recovered in July.

    He also sought to raise a question whether a trash bag found in the car when it was recovered might have been the source of the smell. Vincent also sampled air from the inside of that bag. The contents of the bag were dry when Vincent tested the air inside, he testified. The trash might have smelled different when, and if, it was wet, Vincent said under questioning from Baez.

    Before prosecutors began presenting scientific evidence in the case on Friday, jurors watched recordings of jailhouse visits between Anthony and her parents.

    In one conversation played Friday, Anthony scoffed at a media report her mother brought up speculating that Caylee had drowned in the family swimming pool.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barry

    God bless her.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers, Eman al-Obeidy.

    Stay strong!

    –Barry

    June 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sonny

    What do you expect from another islamic country? They treat women as the second class in their home and society. Quatar deports her because she a woman and all islamic countries are dictatorship and Totalitarianism and religious fanatics.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sheila

    Hopefully she'll be ok for the long run this time.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lanfear

    Eman al-Obeidy, come to Canada! I will take care of you. You go girl!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony's Case Posts

    The fact that the remains were skeletal also prevented authorities from getting definitive answers on toxicology, as well as evidence that Caylee was abused - something her mother is charged with doing. "How do you prove that when you just have skeletal remains?" Casarez said.

    Duct tape was still stuck to the lower facial region of the child's body, authorities have said.

    "(Caylee's) killer prepared some substance in advance that would render her physically unable to resist," prosecutor Jeff Ashton said at a December 2009 hearing, "administered the substance, awaited its effect and then methodically applied three pieces of duct tape to completely cut off the flow of air through her mouth or her nose and let nature take its course."

    Authorities have said that the amount of decomposition would seem to indicate Caylee died shortly after she went missing.

    Anthony initially told police that she had last seen her daughter in the custody of a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez. Investigators never tracked down the babysitter; later, a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez filed a defamation suit against Anthony, saying she had never met her and lost her job over the claims. Anthony countersued, accusing Gonzalez of attempting to cash in on the high-profile case.

    Prosecutors allege that after killing her daughter, Anthony stashed her body in the trunk of her Pontiac Sunfire before disposing of it. A cadaver dog has alerted to the scent of human decomposition in the trunk, and testing showed the presence of chloroform. Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled last month jurors can hear the chloroform testimony. In addition, investigators have said they found Internet searches of websites mentioning chloroform on Anthony's computer.

    Anthony's high-powered defense team, fighting to save her life, will likely try to cast doubt on prosecutors' scientific evidence. At pretrial hearings, they have argued that evidence regarding a potential odor of decomposition in the trunk, chloroform and other evidence is not reliable enough for jurors to consider.

    Perry has also ruled jurors can hear testimony about a stain in the trunk, as well as the decompositional odor. In March, Baez contended that having jurors look at the stain might have a "prejudicial effect," alleging it could have been caused by a wet bag of garbage or gasoline cans. The stain was negative for DNA, as well as for the presence of blood or other bodily fluids, he said. "There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that this is a biological stain," Baez said.

    Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the defense is the fact that Caylee had been missing for 31 days before authorities were aware of it, and her mother failed to report it, Casarez said.

    In addition, some have alleged that Anthony didn't behave like the worried mother of a missing child during the search for Caylee. She went to nightclubs and sent hundreds of text messages to friends, according to cell phone and text transcripts and investigative reports released by police. Those records show she rarely mentioned her missing daughter.//

    June 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David Hunter

    God this poor women can't catch a break

    June 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DavidOmaha

    Thank God she is out! The U.S. or Canada would be safest for her.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    May she find the peace denied her so many times.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. krag

    Isnt there rules about posting on a story when it has to do with another story not to mention reprinting the whole story in your post. .

    June 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chrissy

    She is a very pretty woman. Have you ever noticed how pretty Arab women are and how ugly Arab men are. No wonder they treat them like slaves and make them wear veils. Those women wouldn't have anything to do with them otherwise!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the Laughing Prospector

    Say hi to Caesar! Ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...

    June 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony's Case Posts

    While Casey Anthony's murder trial played out in front of the nation last week, another, quieter case involving a dead child was being tried in the same Orlando courthouse.

    Amanda Brumfield, 32, the estranged daughter of Billy Bob Thornton, sat just 13 floors below in Florida's Orange County Courthouse, accused of murdering 1-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia. On Friday, she was convicted of aggravated manslaughter.

    How did a baby - Brumfield's goddaughter, no less - die while in her care on that day in October 2008?

    Brumfield claims Olivia's death was an accident, and that the baby had simply fallen a short distance out of a playpen. But prosecutors said it would be "impossible" for that type of fall to cause the 3-inch fracture found on the girl's skull and the bleeding and swelling on her brain.

    An Estrangement

    Since Brumfield's arrest, the details of the case have been intertwined with questions about Brumfield's relationship with her Oscar-winning father.

    Thornton, 55, has admitted he wasn't around for her when she was young; he and her mother, Thornton's first wife Melissa Gatlin, split in 1980, and Brumfield has made clear the separation stung.

    "He's pretty much made me feel like I've been shut out," Brumfield told Inside Edition in 2001. "I mean, I have nothing against him. I love him. He's my father. I just want him to be around. I don't want to cry, but it's not fair to watch him on TV every day, and I can't even get a call."

    Thornton, who has three younger children by two other women, has spoken about his guilt regarding Brumfield.

    "She didn't grow up with me, and so we were pretty much strangers for years," Thornton told the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday in 2005. "Then a few years later, we reconnected, and it's really good now."

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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