March 29, 2011

Libyan woman held hostage at Gaddafi complex after Rape Claim.

TL;DR Version:  Libyan woman was instructed by Gaddafi to be detained and raped by 15 military men over the course of 2 days.  Iman al-Obeidi broke free and spoke with correspondents and journalists about her ordeal.  Plain clothed gov't officials harassed her, dragged her from the hotel and shoved her in a vehicle. Even though the gov't has stated she has been released to be with family, her parents claim she is still missing and they were called and instructed that her she would be returned when she changed her story.  Her mother said they would never change their story for any price and now the Gaddafi gov't has taken to the media to slander al-Obeidi's reputation, calling her a traitor, a prostitute, a drug addict, a whore.

Video below:




The parents of a Libyan woman who said she had been raped by Muammar Gaddafi's troops say their daughter is being held hostage at the Libyan leader's compound in Tripoli.
Iman al-Obeidi's story came to prominence at the weekend when she went to a Tripoli hotel, clearly distressed, to speak to foreign correspondents. With television cameras rolling, she was tackled by waitresses and government minders and dragged away.
In interviews broadcast on Monday on al-Jazeera television, Obeidi's parents denied government claims that their daughter had been released after the hotel incident and was now with a sister in the Libyan capital. They also countered allegations by a government spokesman who said she was a prostitute.

The parents said Obeidi was a lawyer, and that she was being held at Gaddafi's compound in Bab al-Aziziya in the capital. It was unclear where the parents were speaking from, and al-Jazeera did not provide their names.
"I don't feel ashamed. Instead my head is up high," the mother told al-Jazeera, saying her daughter "broke the barrier that no other man could break" by coming forward to allege rape.
In the al-Jazeera footage, the teary-eyed mother holds the Libyan opposition flag around her shoulders and says Obeidi is "a hostage, taken by the tyrants". She also pleads for help from the "youth of Tripoli".
The mother says she received a phone call on Monday from an unidentified caller, purportedly from the Gaddafi camp, telling her Obeidi was at the Tripoli compound and asking her to instruct her daughter to change the rape claim in return for freedom and other benefits.
"Whatever you ask for, you will get: build a new house or get the money," the mother said the caller offered.
Moussa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, claimed on Sunday that Obeidi was a prostitute who had been released since her outburst at the Rixos hotel, and was staying with her sister in Tripoli.
The government said four men had been interrogated in the case, including the son of a high-ranking state official.
In the al-Jazeera interview, Obeidi's father held a photograph that he said showed his daughter graduating from law school. He said she was pursuing a postgraduate degree.
Obeidi told foreign media on Saturday that she had been detained by a number of Gaddafi's troops at a Tripoli checkpoint on Wednesday. She said they had been drinking alcohol and had handcuffed her before 15 men later raped her.

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/28/rape-claim-parents-threat

3 comments:

Ezzie said...

I'd read about that. I don't know how much more see-sawing I can take between reading stories like this, finding hope in horror, craving shallow selfish things, and getting upset over the minor issues in my everyday. Sometimes I wish for less perspective instead of more.

Anonymous said...

One thought keeps coming to mind as I watch and see all this footage, from Japan to Egypt and now Libya...how do these journalists stand by and watch? I am all for up to date information, but I can wait, if your where there is trouble help or get out.

Anonymous said...

One thought keeps coming to mind as I watch and see all this footage, from Japan to Egypt and now Libya...how do these journalists stand by and watch? I am all for up to date information, but I can wait, if your where there is trouble help or get out.