Image 1 of 13: Looking distressed and clearly in agony. Gaddafi forces suggested possibility she was inebriated or intoxicated, probably on the Nescafe and pill cocktail alleged to fuel the protesting masses.
Image 1 of 13: She was manhandled by government minders who attempted to clamp her mouth shut by their hands, But she did not want to go quietly.
Image 1 of 13: At one point she tried to shout to us in English, “15 men slept with me.”
Image 1 of 13: Arabic speakers around me said she had said it more directly in Arabic: “15 men raped me.”
Image 1 of 13: Amongst reporters trying to hear the woman’s story: Channel 4 news, Reuters crew, FT, The Times, LA Times, BBC and CNN.
Image 1 of 13: Charles Clover of the Financial Times — a pretty big and young guy, physically, with the build a college rugby player — was attempting to put himself between her and the security forces trying to drag her away. A casualty of the scuffle, his iPhone was thrown to the ground.
Image 1 of 13: Hala Al-Musrati,female newscaster on Libyan TV attacked Al-Obeidi as drunk, a mental case, a whore! Musrati is the very same one who absurdly deemed &#039;adoption&#039; of the No-Fly Zone as illegal, since adoption (of children) is illegal according to Islamic doctrine.
Image 1 of 13: Jon Snow of Channel 4 reports on the incident- straight from his colleague Miller: 100 plus foreign journalists were invited to revolutionary Libya by Gaddafi to report, within restrictive guidelines, on &#039;non-protesting&#039; Libya.
Image 1 of 13: Jonathan Miller one of her concerned willing audience, but for the government hands' interference, he might have heard more and helped in her plight.
Image 1 of 13: Lisa Holland- Sky news have been showiwng the video footage of the woman’s struggle trying to tell her story before she was dragged away.
Image 1 of 13: CNN Nic Robertson of CNN - a very even-tempered and responsible correspondent who I know that the Libyans respect - tried to ask on behalf of the press that they be allowed to see her again to know that she was safe.
Image 1 of 13: Deputy foreign minister, Musa Ibrahim, and government spokesman, reminded the hero journos that after all they were not her lawyers, nor human rights workers.
Image 1 of 13: Channel 4: “I personally saw a waiter and a waitress raise a knife to try to stop this woman talking.”
Gaddafi Sex crimes
A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli on Saturday morning in an attempt to tell journalists, particularly Reuters and the New York Times, that she had been raped and beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi militia. After struggling for nearly an hour to resist removal by Colonel Gaddafi security forces, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming.
Some of the male foreign journalists on the scene tried to physically protect the woman. They are now being hailed as heroes. "There was a desperate sense of our failure to prevent the thugs taking her away…. There was nothing more that we could have done as we were overtly threatened by considerable physical force.”
Foreign media were subjected to intimidatory methods to suppress them from tyring to rescue woman. Guns pointed at the Sky News team for example.
While these foreign media, who had been invited by Gaddafi himself to have a (closely surveyed, restricted and hemmed into a hotel) presence in Libya at this revolutionary time, were trying their damdest to rescue the traumatized woman, local state media were hurling insults her way- to the tune of name-calling and discreting accusations as 'whore' and madwoman.
Her claim is that she had been held for two days, and that she had been raped and tortured by men connected to the regime, upon discovery of her rebel stronghold town origins.
She showed marks on her legs and on her wrists, which she suggested came from handcuffs. Her ordeal included gang rape and brutal torture. In response to her attempt to tell her traumatic tale, she was roughly handled by government hands.