Libyan Rape Accuser Moves to US

Iman al-Obeidi gets asylum; told media Gadhafi forces assaulted her

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 29, 2011 3:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – The woman who burst into a media breakfast to say she’d been gang-raped by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces has arrived in the US, where she’s been granted asylum, CNN reports. Iman al-Obeidi flew into New York following 54 days in a UN refugee camp in Romania; she then took another flight to her new US home. Saying she was excited to be here, al-Obedi thanked the government and Hillary Clinton and said she hoped someday to meet the secretary of state.

Hands from hotel employees trying to grab her, and foreign journalist attempting to protect her, surround Iman al-Obeidi, right, after she showed her wounds to the press.
Hands from hotel employees trying to grab her, and foreign journalist attempting to protect her, surround Iman al-Obeidi, right, after she showed her wounds to the press.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
In this Saturday, March 26, 2011 file photo, Iman al-Obeidi is seen after entering a hotel to show her wounds and allege to foreign journalists that she was gang raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops.
In this Saturday, March 26, 2011 file photo, Iman al-Obeidi is seen after entering a hotel to show her wounds and allege to foreign journalists that she was gang raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file)
A Ministry of Information official, center, removes Iman Al-Obeidi from the Rixos hotel in Tripoli in March, where she addressed foreign media.
A Ministry of Information official, center, removes Iman Al-Obeidi from the Rixos hotel in Tripoli in March, where she addressed foreign media.   (AP Photo/Albert Facelly, Sipa Press)
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