Activists rally in Washington in support of Libya's Eman Al-Obeidi

Al-Obeidi became famous after bursting into a Tripoli hotel to tell western reporters she had been raped by Gaddafi's militiamen
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Libyan-American women from around the DC metropolitan area demonstrate to show solidarity with Eman Al-Obaidi in Lafayette Park in front of the White House. (Getty Images)
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On March 26 Al-Obaidi went to the hotel in Tripoli where the foreign media are staying and said she had been arrested, beaten and repeatedly raped by armed men of the Gaddafi regime. (Getty Images)
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Libyan-American women protest in solidarity with Al-Obaidi. As she pressed her case to the reporters on March 26 and showed her cuts and bruises, she was arrested again and was taken away in front of the reporters. (Getty Images)
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Eman Al-Obaid is now understood to be facing criminal charges herself in Libya for claiming she was raped (Getty Images)
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Students stand in front of the White House while watching Libyan-American women from around the DC metropolitan area rally against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Getty Images)
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Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said charges had been brought against Al-Obaidi by some of the militiamen she had accused. "It's a legal case," Ibrahim told reporters. (Getty Images)
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It was unclear whether Al-Obaidi is still in custody. Libyan government spokesman Ibrahim initially said she was free and safe but then seemed to qualify this, saying he was unsure whether she was currently under investigatio (Getty Images)
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Ibrahim previously described Obeidi as drunk and mentally disturbed, but until Tuesday he had said her only offence was entering the Tripoli compound (Getty Images)
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The story has sparked extraordinary international interest. Messages of support flooded the Free Iman al-Obeidi Facebook group in English, which had been "liked" by more than 2,300 people. (Getty Images)
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Libyan-American women from around the DC metropolitan area demonstrate to show solidarity with Eman Al-Obaidi in Lafayette Park in front of the White House March 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. On March 26 Al-Obaidi went to the hotel in Tripoli where the foreign media are staying and said she had been arrested, beaten and repeatedly raped by armed men of the Gaddafi regime. As she pressed her case to the reporters and showed her cuts and bruises, she was arrested again and was taken away in front of the reporters. (Getty Images)
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Libyan government spokesman Ibrahim said that Iman al-Obeidi's case against the men had been dropped because she refused to submit to a medical examination, and he reiterated a promise she would be offered a chance to speak again to the press. (Getty Images)
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Iman al-Obeidi has not been seen in public since her arrest in front of journalists after claming she had been raped by Gaddafi's men (Getty Images)
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Al-Obeidy's mother said she had been asked to convince her daughter to retract the allegations in return for her freedom and cash or a new home (Getty Images)