Woman who Claimed Rape by Gadhafi forces Returned to Libya

By Evan Harris

Jun 2, 2011 8:42pm

ABC News’ Alex Marquardt reports: 

Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who dramatically burst into a Tripoli hotel where journalists were staying accusing Gadhafi forces of gang raping her, was deported from Qatar back to Libya Thursday.

Al-Obeidi fled to Tunisia and then to Qatar following her arrest and subsequent release. Vincent Cochetel, the spokesman for the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told ABC News Monday that al-Obeidi was flown to eastern Libya at midday on military plane since there are no commercial flights into Benghazi.

Cochetel says al-Obeidi feared returning to Libya and that she was sent back “by force.”

Officially, al-Obeidi was deported because she had overstayed her visa, despite her refugee status in Qatar. The UNHCR says this is the first time Qatar has abruptly forced a deportation before they could find another resettlement country.

UNHCR says Al Obeidi is now in a Benghazi hotel.

ABC News’ Evan Harris contributed to this report.

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