Libyan woman claiming rape deported from Qatar

AP News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 4:09 PM

A U.N. official says a Libyan woman who claims she was gang-raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops has been deported from Qatar, where she sought refuge.

Sybella Wilkes, spokeswoman for the United Nations' refugee organization, says Iman al-Obeidi is now in Benghazi.

Wilkes said Thursday that al-Obeidi was a recognized refugee and that there wasn't any "good reason" why she was deported from Doha, where she sought refuge last month.

Al-Obeidi made headlines in March when she rushed distraught into Tripoli's Rixos Hotel, seeking to speak to foreign reporters.

She claimed she was detained by a number of Gadhafi troops at a Tripoli checkpoint and raped.

As she told her story, al-Obeidi was tackled by government minders and dragged from the hotel.