Last week a seemingly battered Libyan woman burst into a room of journalists in Tripoli and told the room she’d been raped and beaten by Libyan forces. Eman Al-Obeidy was quickly removed, at knife point, by hotel staff who also beat the journalists who tried to interfere, and thrown into a car not to be heard from again.
All of this was caught on video and quickly broadcast around the world
In the ensuing uproar various stories were floated by the Libyan government: Al-Obeidy was a prostitute, she was a drug addict, (she’s a law student) and later that she was fine and staying with her family. At the time her family said they hadn’t seen her and were fearing the worst. In the interim, however, Al-Obeidy was released and spoke to Anderson Cooper last night.
Al-Obeidy said that following the incident she was given new clothes, but after refusing to go on Libyan state TV to retract her claims she spent 72 hours under interrogation.
“Interrogators poured water on her face and threw food at her during the relentless questioning, which ended only after she was examined by a doctor to prove she had been raped, al-Obeidy said. “And when the test came, it verified that I was raped and tortured … then I was freed.”
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