Monday 19 February 2018

Son of security leader arrested over rape claim

Damien McElroy in Tripoli

A woman who has become the public face of Libyan oppression claims the son of a high-ranking official raped her.

The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, was arrested over the weekend after storming into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign journalists and making public accusations.

Five men, including the official's son, have since been arrested.

Yesterday, Moussa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Libyan government, tried to allay fears for Ms Al-Obeidi.

However, he failed to honour a promise that she would be allowed to speak to journalists.

Mr Ibrahim implied that Ms Al-Obeidi was forced to earn a living from prostitution.

A party with a group of men she had previously known allegedly went wrong last week after she was forced to drink alcohol.

"We asked her why she was making a political issue of this and unfortunately one of the young men who had raped her was the son of a high-ranking person working for the state," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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