In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Eman al-Obeidy, the woman whose story of brutal sexual assault at the hands of Muammar Gaddafi‘s soldiers, said she was told she would be forced to retract her accusations on Libyan state TV. She said she was told to change her story, saying it wasn’t Libyan soldiers who abducted and raped her, but members of the revolution. She would not cooperate. “I refused to be silent,” she said.
Asked how she was treated in captivity, al-Obeidy said “they cursed at me, and told me I was a traitor, because I spoke the truth.”
A government spokesman has described al-Obeidy as mentally unstable, drunk, and a prostitute, insisting to Western reporters that her accusations against Gaddafi’s men were baseless. Asked about those claims by Cooper, al-Obeidy became emotional, then said “the Libyan government, when someone protests, they say he is taking hallucinogenic pills. And when someone demands their rights, they say he is mentally retarded.
Asked if she was safe, al-Obeidy said “there’s no safe place for me in Tripoli.”
Watch it here, from CNN [warning: graphic content]:
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