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April 6th, 2011
08:33 PM ET

Alleged Libyan rape victim gives brief interview

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who claims forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi raped her, is grateful for support she has received, said CNN's Nic Robertson, who met briefly with her Wednesday.

"She is a very strong lady who told me to thank all people who have stopped her case from disappearing," Robertson said.

Al-Obeidy said she had a message for humanitarian organizations: They should come to Tripoli and "see how life is here," he said.

She said she is still recovering physically from the alleged assault and displayed faded bruises and rope burn marks on her wrists, Robertson said. But, she told him, she is unable to leave Tripoli and be reunited with her family and faces abuse whenever she leaves her house, he said.

The Libyan government is insisting on a review of the interview by a government representative before transmission. The review was scheduled Wednesday night, but an apparently imminent airstrike postponed the review until Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, al-Obeidy's mother said Wednesday that talking to her daughter by telephone Tuesday night was an emotional experience.

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  1. Vince Pipard

    How do you know she was raped ?? Were you there? Have you talked to any Witnesses? Is there any forensic evidence? Any Confessions? The so-called rape victim is from Benghazi, a city with a lot of armed insurgents and Al Qaeda terrorists who have initiated an armed insurrection against their government with funding and assistance from French, British and US CIA intelligence agencies. This Woman could be a rebel plant who is engaging in a propaganda war against the Libya Government in order to get Warmongering Media like CNN to keep "greasing the skids" for a US War and Invasion of Libya.
    CNN has absolutely Zero facts about this alleged Rape other than this one woman's suspect claim. CNN is either very Naive or very sinister in working this story nonstop virtually every day. I suspect the latter is true as your network is working overtime to distort the facts about Libya and as you report as fact virtually every rumor that comes out of the Benghazi Terror Gang Propaganda mill.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  2. Victor

    I admire this woman so much, I would love to get to know her and marry her, and it would be my honor!
    Please give her the message! I am a US citizen from a middle eastern background!

    April 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  3. Vince Pipard

    You should stop exploiting this woman for your own ratings. This was a one day story and the rape may not even have happened. Leave the silly senstationalism to Nancy Grace and start reporting real news.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  4. Toni, CA

    I am haunted by Eman al-Obiety's story. The conversation between her and her mother was heartbreaking. How many other Mother's wait in vain to hear news of their daughters whereabouts? I hope that she is returned home safely. And thanks to the journalists that did not let this story disappear she has a better chance. (I hope)

    April 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  5. sammy hajar

    anderson, why dont ask the congressman in libya to bring this lady out of libya, i,m sure if he ask ,he propobly will be able to. would you please try and let nick rebortson ask the congressman ?

    April 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Allan

    OK, she's a strong lady, so are million of others, enough is enough. We sympathize but there must be more news than the strong lady, no? What's up in Japan? Come on, keep it moving. Pulleez!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Eugene Martin

    I live in the U.K. the news channels over here have forgotten this story. I am so happy you and CNN are keeping this story alive Eman al-Obeidy needs help and you and CNN are doing that. This lady deserves all the help you and anyone can give her, one brave voice in a moment of madness. Libyan people have to be given the right to choose as anyone else. The Gadaffi regime thought they had taken that away from Eman al-Obeidy, but they haven't. Keep the good work up guys. Eugene Martin UK

    April 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Richard Aron

    Thank you Anderson and all the CNN team for keeping her story alive. If it weren't for you guys, this poor woman would have been dead by now. I commend your effort. I've always been a fan of AC360, but now I'm hooked even more. Thank you and may God bring justice to the beautiful and heroic Eman. Peace to all.

    April 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |