When Iman al-Obaidi walked into a Tripoli hotel last month, she passionately told the foreign journalists assembled that she had been allegedly gang-raped by government troops. Reporters tried to protect the 26-year-old lawyer, but she was forcibly removed from the hotel and detained by Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s regime. Since being released, Iman al-Obaidi said she has received death threats and wants to leave Libya. She spoke to CNN’s Nic Robertson and said she “wanted to thank all the people who supported her.” (Watch the interview below).
In a phone conversation with her mother, Aisha Ahmad, al-Obaidi said a court employee threatened her life. “Mom, they won’t let me leave,” al-Obaidi said. “I am scared. ... I dream of them trying to kill me.” Robertson told Anderson Cooper that al-Obeidy may be able to leave Libya, but it’s not clear when that will happen. A petition called “Turkey to Libya: Free Iman!” has received 574, 414 signatures and many Facebook groups have been created with a similar plea.
Read Post reporter Liz Sly’s original piece here.