Alleged Libyan rape victim flees to Europe
A woman who claims she was gang raped by Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces is on her way to a processing centre in Romania after spending the night in Malta, officials said on Monday.
Eman al-Obeidi, who grabbed the world's attention when she stormed into a Tripoli hotel in March and told journalists of her traumatic experience, arrived in Malta late on Sunday on a United Nations flight from Benghazi, DPA reported.
Al-Obeidi had fled to Qatar in early May, but was forcibly returned to Libya last Thursday, incensing the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which recognized her as a refugee at risk of ill treatment if returned to any part of Libya.
A Maltese government official told the German Press Agency dpa that al-Obeidi was settled in a luxury hotel in Valletta overnight before flying to Romania, where she was expected to have her refugee application processed before "probably" being resettled in the US.