On Saturday a Libyan woman, Eman al-Obaidi, ran into a room full of journalists crying that she had been raped and beaten by Qaddaffi forces.
According to Reuters al-Obaidi, reportedly a law graduate, displayed bruises and cuts on her arms and blood on her legs and told the room she had been arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli because she hailed from the rebel city Benghazi. [Video below.]
“They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whiskey. I was tied up,” she said, weeping and stretching out her arms to show scars. “They peed on me. They violated my honour.”
Hotel staff quickly attempted to remove el-Obaidi, at knifepoint — one man pulled out a gun, another tried to put a table cloth on her head — and reportedly beat both her and journalists who tried to intervene. She was eventually dragged to a car, shoved inside, and has not been heard from since.
Libyan officials initially claimed the woman was unstable, or drunk, and/or a prostitute, however, Sky News is reporting that Libya’s deputy foreign minister Khalid Kaim tells them five people have now been arrested in connection with the charges, including that son of a high-ranking Libyan police officer.
A government official also insisted al-Obaidi had been given access to a lawyer and “was deemed to be in good health” and was with her family, though this hasn’t been independently confirmed.
Morning Joe this morning cited a report the the woman’s family hadn’t seen her but had been promised a free house and money if they could keep her quiet.
Video of al-Obaidi’s upsetting confrontation in the hotel room below.
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