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Alleged rape victim still held by Gaddafi: Family

March 29, 2011 - Cairo

The parents of a Libyan woman who claimed she was detained by Muammar Gaddafi's troops and later gang raped said in interviews aired Monday that their daughter is still a hostage inside the Libyan leader's compound in Tripoli.

Iman al-Obeidi made headlines when she rushed distraught into a Tripoli hotel on Saturday to tell foreign reporters about her rape. She was tackled by waitresses and government minders and dragged away from the site in an ensuing melee.

In interviews broadcast Monday on satellite Al-Jazeera Television, al-Obeidi's parents countered government claims that their daughter had been set free after the hotel incident and was now with a sister in Tripoli. They also countered allegations of a government spokesman who had said she is a prostitute.

Amnesty International has called on the Libyan regime to release the woman.

The human rights group called the woman's account "stomach-churning" and called on authorities to launch "an independent and impartial investigation."


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