Libya: Woman Claiming Rape To Face Charges

The woman's mother also says she is being held inside Col. Qaddafi's compound despite reports of her being released.

A Libyan woman who has accused government soldiers of raping her has been charged with defamation after the men accused of assaulting her launched a legal caseLibyan officials have refused to provide firm information on 26-year-old Iman al-Obeidi's whereabouts since she was dragged from a five-star hotel after presenting her claims of gang rape on Saturday. She said she had been taken at a checkpoint by militia members and held for two days.

Officials said she was at a party with five men, including the son of a high-ranking officials, when the alleged incident occurred.

Moussa Ibrahim, the Libyan government spokesmen, said the men questioned for the crime wanted to defend their honour by murdering their accuser

"The boys accused of doing this are furious. They want to kill her," he said. "They have filed a case to defend their family name. In our culture these are very serious charges that will last for generations."

While Mr Ibrahim has said Miss Obeidi had been released to return to her sister's home in Tripoli, her mother has said she is still being held in Col Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Azzizia compound
Of course, Western journalists are being denied access...