CAIRO, (AP) – Al-Jazeera TV has aired interviews with the parents of a Libyan woman who rushed into a Tripoli hotel to tell foreign reporters that Muammar Gaddafi’s troops detained her at a checkpoint and later gang raped her.
Iman al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders, and dragged out of the hotel as she tried to tell her story on Saturday. The Associated Press only identifies rape victims who volunteer their names.
In the interviews, broadcast on Monday, the parents say al-Obeidi is a lawyer and is now being held at Gaddafi’s compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in the capital. It’s unclear where the parents spoke from.
With the opposition flag draped over her shoulders, the footage shows the teary-eyed mother saying al-Obeidi is “a hostage, taken by the tyrants.”