The story of a woman who burst into a crowd of Western journalists and said she’d been raped by Libyan militiamen has taken yet another dark turn. A government spokesman says the men, whom Eman al-Obeidy accused, have filed a civil suit against her. “Oh, yeah, they have filed a case,” said Musa Ibrahim. “The boys who she accused of rape are bringing a case because it is a very grave offense to accuse someone of a sexual crime.” Al-Obeidy has been missing since Saturday, allegedly under government detention, but her case has gained attention both in Libya and abroad. The Gaddafi regime, trying to deflect criticism, has vacillated wildly and repeatedly insulted al-Obeidy, calling her a drunk, a prostitute, and a thief.
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