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LIBYA: Alleged gang-rape victim Eman Obeidy flees to Tunisia

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e875462d1970d-320wi Eman Obeidy, the Libyan woman who entered the international spotlight after claiming Moammar Kadafi's militiamen gang raped her in March, apparently fled to Tunisia this week.

Obeidy told CNN that she crossed the border from Tripoli Thursday with the help of a defecting military officer in a military car.

The car was stopped several times at checkpoints, Obeidy said, but when the officer showed his permit, they were allowed to pass. She entered Tunisia through the Dahibah border crossing using a refugee document, she said.

Obeidy rose to fame after bursting into Tripoli's Rixos Hotel on March 26 to tell international reporters that she had been held for two days, beaten and raped by 15 men after being seized at a checkpoint east of Tripoli.

She was dragged away from the hotel, and previously told CNN that was she interrogated for three days by men who threw food and poured water on her.

Activists and Facebook pages sprang up in her defense.

She told CNN the trip this week from Tripoli was "very tiring." European diplomats drove her from the border to Tunis where they were sheltering her Sunday, diplomatic sources told CNN.

In an interview with CNN last month, Obeidy had requested that she be allowed to clear her name, bring her abusers to justice and return to the eastern city of Tobruk to be rejoin her family.

"I usually get harassed when I have to show my identification card to government officials somewhere and they find out who I am and that I have put complaints forward against Kadafi's people," she said. "They humiliate me to the point where other people gather around and start saying that it is shameful to treat a Libyan woman that way."

Apparently, she had not been able to return home before fleeing, according to CNN.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Cairo

Photo: CNN

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The problem of violence against women around the world and here at home is still very pervasive. We saw a CBS reporter sexually assaulted a few months ago, then the story about this Lybian woman, Darfur and the Congo in Africa, even gang rapes have occured here in the U.S. as well. Here's my take on this problem-- there are a multitude of factors that lead men to rape and abuse women, but, until we start instituting stronger punishments for these crimes, they will continue. Internationally, there isn't much that the UN can do, but when there's an opportunity to make an example of someone, we should. People involved in the gang rape and beating of a woman or girl should serve a minimum of 20 years-- no exceptions. People who were found to have known about it (bystanders)without reporting it should serve a minimum of 5 years. In Egypt for instance, not 1 person has been arrested for the EVIL assault of a CBS reporter, every evil-doer is walking around free, no doubt they will do it again. But here at home, we should set the example for the world to see that we don't tolerate violence against women!!!

Mae Mae,

I do agree with you that, if this woman was abused, the perpetrator should definitely be brought to Justice. However I am a bit concerned with your comments about Jesus Christ as it was the teaching of Mohamed (PSL), I don't know what you read about islam and who is your source. I agree that Jesus was representing Love for sure but History has shown that followers acted the same way as extremist muslims in many instances. My point is I am muslim and I dearly believe in Islam, however I do not accept extremist views from any religion. The future really belong to diversity everywhere in the world and LOVE will surely prevail.

How do we know this isn't another Nayirah scandal, propaganda fostered by the pundits for the military-industrial complex for the build-up of another offense against a sovereign nation?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirah_%28testimony%29

Stay strong, Ms. Obeidy.

The citizens of the world are on your side.

First I want to say that you Pale Horse can go straight to hell. You don't know what you are talking about. I have been praying for this lady since I read about what happened to her and I believe every word. Those men who raped her would be brought to justice in the U.S. I don't understand why she has to be treated like this. In my Christian faith we don't treat people like this. It seems that everything I read about the Muslim religion is crazy. Our Lord Jesus Christ never treated people like this. His message was one of love not violence. My prayers will continue for Eman Obeidy and I hope everyone one of those men who raped and mistreated her are brought to justice.

Is there any evidence that she's lying? This is ridiculously bad reporting and investigation on the part of the LA Times. At best she was kidnapped and tortured and at worst her allegations are true. And from a quick google you can confirm that she was kidnapped, taken away by Libyan forces and tortured. There is a culture of repressing sex crimes and not convicting the perpetrators in Libya.

The LA Times should be doing better reporting and investigating. This is just a rehash of an AP release.

Pale Horse is a troll. A big fat troll that cannot spell or conjure up any facts. The troll on boasts of bad grammar and spelling. What a tool.

I was worried that we were running out of nuts. Whew! I just didn't know where to look!

Wake up! Obama's Libyan Rebels are Carrying Out Genocide of Black Africans. Black Africans in Libya live in fear of the rebel regime not gaddafi.

LIBYAN REBELS ORDERED THE EXECUTE, LYNCH & BEHEAD ALL BLACK LIBYAN MEN AND RAPE AND KILL THE WOMEN AND THE AMERICAN MEDIA SAYS NOTHING BUT KEEP FUNDING THEM!!!!!!!!

AND THE European Union funded rebels YOUTUBED THE KILLINGS OF SOME POWs!!!!! AND THE REBLES HAVE AL QAEDA TIES!!!

NEED I REMIND YOU THAT IT WAS KADDAFI WHO PUT OUT THE FIRST ARREST WARRANT FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN.

AMERICA IS PLAYING WAR GAMES & ROBBING AFRICA AS USUAL AND MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL DIE!!!!

Queen of England (60yrs in throne as a Queen)She must step down because ladies first before King Gadhafi (42yrs in throne as a king)will step down. Yes, after 42-ish years of Gaddafi's arbitrary rule, with Libyans living better than any other Africans by far, Nouri al-Mesmari in Paris helped the GDSE contact Abdullah Gehani and the Feb 17 leaders to set their plans A and B. A was with signs, B, active within hours, was use a few weapons to seize more, kill the soldiers and the blacks, and start taking over the country. You don't usually try that without some planned back-up, and France made sure they got it. Look it up.


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