US scolds Qatar for expelling alleged rape victim

AP News
Posted: Jun 03, 2011 3:03 PM

The U.S. has scolded Qatar (GUH'-tur) for expelling a Libyan woman who says Moammar Gadhafi's troops gang-raped her.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the U.S. repeatedly urged the Persian Gulf ally to allow Imam al-Obeidi (oh-BAY'-dee) to travel with the U.N. refugee agency to safety in another country.

Toner says Qatar breached international norms when it deported and forcibly returned her to Benghazi on Thursday.

In March, al-Obeidi told foreign correspondents her story of being stopped at a checkpoint and raped by soldiers. As she spoke, government minders dragged her away.

She disappeared for several days, before turning up in Tunisia and then Qatar.

Toner said Friday the U.S. was working with the Libyan opposition in Benghazi to ensure her security and safe passage to another country.