Woman Who Made Rape Allegations Flees Libya

Iman al-Obeidi snuck into Tunisia, fearing for her life
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2011 10:38 AM CDT
Woman Who Made Rape Allegations Flees Libya
Iman Al-Obeidi makes her rape allegations in March.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

(Newser) – The Libyan woman who drew international attention with rape allegations against Moammar Gadhafi's "thugs" has fled the country, reports CNN. Iman al-Obeidi crossed into Tunisia with a defecting military officer from Libya. European diplomats drove her from the border to Tunis and gave her sanctuary while she figures out her next move. "I still do not know what I am going to do," said al-Obeidi. Of course I'd like to see my family."

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Al-Obeidi burst into a hotel where international reporters were situated in March to say that she had been detained for two days and beaten and raped by 15 men. She has since been regularly harassed by Gadhafi's forces to the point where she fears for her life, she said last month. Click to read previous stories about her case. (Read more Libya stories.)

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