Iman al-Obeidi, Libya Woman Who Claimed Rape, May Be Free

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NEW YORK — A Libyan woman who says she is the person who burst into a Tripoli hotel to tell foreign journalists that she had been gang raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops has told a CNN interviewer that she is out of custody but is receiving death threats from regime thugs.

CNN said it was confident that the woman they interviewed Monday is in fact Iman al-Obeidi, who made headlines on March 26 when she was dragged away from the hotel by government agents as she screamed her allegations of rape.

The CNN interviewer, Anderson Cooper, says the network could not be certain that the woman they spoke to is al-Obeidi, but they were satisfied that it was her from their research and from the testimony of people who had seen her at the hotel.

She tells CNN that "Yes, yes, I want to leave Tripoli. In the middle of the night I get nightmares, and they are constantly threatening me, to kill me."

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