Mar 29 2011
“The four alleged rapists are having a case filed against her because instead of going to a police station and filing a case against them she went to the media and exposed their names. Now their ‘honor’ is tainted, their families black-listed, and this in the Islamic law is a very grave offense.”
MSNBC –A Libyan lawyer who claimed she was raped by troops loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi is being sued by the four men under investigation, Libya’s main government spokesman said.
Moussa Ibrahim told NBC News that the men were filing a defamation case against Iman al-Obeidi, who made headlines when she went to a Tripoli hotel used by Western journalists to tell them about the alleged attack.
She was bundled away by government minders despite efforts by journalists to protect her. Ibrahim said the four men had been arrested in connection with the allegations.
“I heard that the attorney-general brought her in for questioning because she is now not just the accuser, she is the accused. There is a case against her,” Ibrahim told journalists earlier, Sky News reported.
He claimed al-Obeidi had “not come up with anything substantial.” “She says four people kidnapped and raped her, one of them is the son of someone in the state. That is hardly political, the son of someone in the state is a human being,” Ibrahim said, according to Sky.
Al-Obeidi’s parents said in interviews on Al-Jazeera TV aired Monday that their daughter was being held hostage at the Libyan leader’s compound in Tripoli, countering government claims that she had been set free after the hotel incident.
They also denied allegations by Ibrahim that al-Obeidi was a prostitute. The parents said al-Obeidi was a lawyer and that she was now being held at Gadhafi’s compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in the capital.
“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 about her rape.