Alleged Rape Victim Charged With Slander
Posted by Amy Oppenheim on Mar 29, 2011 - 1:25:29 PM
LIBYA—The Libyan woman who reported being raped by Gadhafi’s soldiers
is now being counter charged with slander by her alleged rapists.
Eman al-Obeidy entered a Tripoli hotel on March 26 and attested to being
raped by Gadhafi’s troops, a claim that made national television. Her face and
legs were reportedly bruised, and she showed witnesses blood on her inner
Eman al-Obeidy, from YouTube
While the government has stated that al-Obeidy has been released and is
now home with her family, al-Obeidy’s mother has insisted to the public that
her daughter is still being held by government officials. The mother said that
an official called her, saying that the government would only release al-Obeidy
if she changed her original statement.
Lawyers and human rights activists have been investigating the
incident, and attempted to approach al-Obeidy’s sister. When they arrived at
her house, they were not allowed in by security officials and were informed
that the sister’s phone was turned off and that she has been missing since the
incident at the hotel.
Despite the Libyan government’s original depiction of al-Obeidy as a “mentally
ill prostitute” following the hotel incident, her family urged the public that
she is a lawyer and a productive member of society. The government has since
changed its statement, stating that al-Obeidy is sane and is pursuing a
When al-Obeidy arrived at the hotel the day of the alleged rape, she
told reporters she was a Benghazi rebel and had been held prisoner by Gadhafi’s
forces for two days and raped by 15 men.
After al-Obeidy’s claim was made at the hotel, several fights ensued
among hotel staff and reporters, including one kitchen employee drawing a knife
and pointing it at the woman, and a government official removing a pistol from
his belt in an attempt to stop the violence.
Al-Obeidy’s story has not been confirmed, and both charges against the
alleged rapists and the alleged victim have been made. The case is still under
Watch the YouTube video of Eman al-Obeidy at the hotel here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN2BAcATMHg