5 nabbed after woman claims rape by Gaddafi henchmen

Son of high ranking Libyan police officer among those arrested for allegedly snatching woman from checkpoint and brutally raping her.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
March 28, 2011 16:58
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Woman claims rape in Libya causing melee

Libya Rape 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A high ranking officer of the Libyan police's son is believed to be among five people arrested following a woman's claims that she had been raped by militia men loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Sky News reported on Monday.

Iman al Obaidi burst into a Libyan hotel packed with journalists on Saturday,  claiming she was detained at a checkpoint  where she was raped by 15 men and held for two days. She claims she was picked up at the checkpoint because her identification showed that she was from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

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Libyan deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Kaim said that the men were being detained as part of a criminal investigation into the alleged incident.

As Obaidi spoke with reporters on Saturday, security guards shoved her, which led to a melee in which several journalists were beaten.

After the melee, Obaidi was quickly bundled into the back of a car and taken away.

A spokesman for the Libyan government suggested the woman was mentally unstable.

Officials said Obaidi was being taken to a hospital.



But as she was bundled away from the hotel, she said she was bound for jail.

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