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April 6th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Alleged rape victim in Libya tells mother of ordeal, threat

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who claims forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi raped her, spoke Tuesday with her mother, who has come to her defense, for the first time since her ordeal began.

Al-Obeidy told Aisha Ahmad that a court employee pulled a weapon on her when she went to a courthouse.

Al-Obeidy, who burst into a Tripoli hotel last month to tell her harrowing story to journalists, told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an emotional phone interview that the administrative court employee threatened her life.

"The people came and started pulling him," said al-Obeidy, who related the incident to her mother, also on the phone. "The whole day in the court they were saying we are going to kill this failure who reports on our brigades."

A car took her home, al-Obeidy said. "They don't want me to go to the court at all."

CNN could not independently verify the 29-year-old law school graduate's claims.

Al-Obeidy, who is no longer in custody after authorities rushed her away from the hotel, said she still fears for her safety in Tripoli, which she called a "large prison."

She told "AC360" that Gadhafi forces took her passport and would not let her cross the border into Tunisia.

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