Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Libyan woman Iman al-Obeidi to face criminal charges after accusing Kadhafi troops of rape

The Libyan woman who accused Moammar Khadafy's troops of raping her will face criminal charges, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Calling Iman al-Obeidi's accusations a "grave offense," spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the men she had accused have filed charges against her.

A battered and bruised al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel over the weekend to tell foreign journalists staying there about her alleged ordeal.

A wild scene ensued in which hotel workers brandished weapons against her and the reporters and violently forced her from the building.

Before she was ushered into a car, al-Obeidi managed to tell reporters she had been brutally raped by 15 soldiers after being picked up at a checkpoint.

Libyan authorities have said both that they were taking her account seriously and dismissing her as an alcoholic prostitute.

On Sunday, officials said they had arrested four men, including the son of a high-ranking police officer, in the case. It is not clear if they were still being held.

Al-Obeidi's relatives say they have been offered a house and wild sums of money to get her to recant her story.

Government officials say she had been released into her relatives' custody, but her whereabouts remain unknown.