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Update: Libyan Militiamen Accused of Raping Woman Sue her for Slander

Two days ago, we posted a harrowing video of Eman al-Obeidy, a Libyan woman dragged away by state security forces as she emotionally told foreign journalists that she had been kidnapped, tortured and gang-raped by a group of 15 pro-Gaddafi militiamen. Now a Libyan government spokesman says some of the accused rapists have filed a civil lawsuit against her. The men accuse al-Obeidy of slander.

“Oh yeah, they have filed a case,” spokesman Musa Ibrahim said. “The boys who she accused of rape are bringing a case because it is a very grave offense to accuse someone of a sexual crime.”

The Libyan government yesterday reported that al-Obeidy has been released from custody, but there is no proof that this has occurred. Five men, including the son of a high-ranking police officer, have been arrested in connection with the case. The New York Times, however, reports that the case against them has been dropped because she refused to submit to a medical examination.

Ibrahim, the government spokesman, has alternately painted al-Obeidy as a delusional drunkard, “sober and sane,” and a “prostitute and a thief.”

In case you missed it, here’s the chilling video of al-Obeidy’s arrest:


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