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Mar 27, 2011 6:00 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Libya says woman claiming rape is now free

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The Libyan government says a woman who stormed into a Tripoli hotel Saturday to tell foreign reporters that government troops raped her is now with her family.

The government says four men were interrogated in the case, including the son of a high-ranking police officer.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim alleged that the woman was a prostitute who refused to accept medical examination, and that she is now with her sister in the Libyan capital.

Iman al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she told her story to journalists after rushing into the hotel where many are staying.

She claimed loudly that troops had detained her at a checkpoint,tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gang-raped.

 

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