Sunday, 28 August 2011

Iman Obeidi Propaganda or Truth

Iman Al-Obeidi Propaganda or Truth!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_orPlXgZBU My video on Iman Obeidi.



(Also known as Eman Al-Obeidy)
At the beginning of the NATO invasion of Libya, I watched the footage of Iman Al-Obeidi’s appearance at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, and her tearful testimony to the congregated Journalists, claiming she had been gang raped by fifteen of Gaddafi’s forces over a period of two days. I have since been following the NATO atrocities in that country. A few days ago I thought I would go back to Iman, and see were there any new developments with her story. I was surprised to find that Iman is now living in the United States, and none other than Hillary Clinton arranged her asylum in the US!
I have watched and read all Iman’s subsequent interviews, and even the most bumbling of sleuths could find numerous inconsistencies. Nothing about this girls claims adds up!

The US have milked Iman’s claims to back up their claims that Gaddafi is a despot, and the US and UN must stop him at all costs, even if that entails murdering thousands of Libyan civilians. Given the gang rape in Iraq of the fourteen year Abeer Qasim Hamza by five US troops, on the 12 March 2006, this is hypocritical to say the least! After gang raping this child, they then murdered her and her entire family!
Americans seem to have very short memories!
Iman has become the poster girl for CNN, has given up to twenty interviews to them, and has become the face in the US of the evil Gaddafi regime! If only poor Abeer Qasim Hamza had not been executed by her rapists, would she have been given such coverage by the US media I wonder!

Sadly rape is just one aspect of the evils of war. It has been used for millennia by invading troops, there is hardly a recorded conquest in the history of the world, where this evil crime has not been used as a marker of power and control. The propaganda department of the UN & US war machine would be well aware of this. If Iman did in fact suffer the crimes that she claims she did, then I am truly sorry for her plight, and at the onset let me say, I could be totally wrong about my conclusions on this matter, but her version, or should I say versions, as there have been a few, just do not add up! Gaddafi troops could well have committed rapes; I just do not think that they raped this woman.


I will now present the factors that have led me to this conclusion.

   
Niyirah Al-Sabah’s Story
Aiyirah al-Sabah presenting her lies about Saddam Hussein's troops taking babies out of incubators.


This is Niyirah al Sabah, a then 15 year old Kuwaiti girl. Niyirah is the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US, She was identified at the time as Nayirah, and her real identity was hidden. In October 1990 this girl gave a heart breaking testimony in front of a concocted committee. It was shown to the American people as if it was a congressional hearing. In a congressional hearing the witnesses are swore in, and so liable to be prosecuted if they lie. Because this entire committee had been formed as a propaganda exercise to sway the American people and Congress into invading Iraq, she was not sworn in, and was not liable for perjury when it transpired that her entire testimony was lies.
She testified that she had witnessed Saddam Hussein’s troops take babies out of incubators, and leave them to die on the floor. She painted a very dire picture of Saddam’s troops as barbaric and bloodthirsty.
The committee she is testifying to is the “Human rights Caucus”. Sounds very grand and humanitarian, this was all part of a  half a million dollar propaganda exercise, organised by the PR firm Hill & Knowles, who were hired by the Kuwaiti government in exile “The Citizens for a Free Kuwait”
H&K’s mandate from the CFAFK, was to influence the American people into entering into conflict with Iraq. Lauri fitz-Pegado was in charge of the effort and coached Niyirah for months before her performance.
For them their half a million dollar investment had a great return and they received tens of millions of free air time as this footage was played around the world.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were later to make an Emmy award winning documentary about this deception called “To sell a war”. In it they examined the psychology of the audience, and how to manipulate the masses into unjust invasions, using propaganda such as this. In it Dee Alsop said “The theme that struck the deepest emotional chord, they discovered, was the fact that Saddam Hussein was a mad man who had committed atrocities even against his own people, and had tremendous power to do further damage, and he needed to be stopped”
This whole elaborate hoax is now known as the “Baby incubator Fraud”.
Human rights groups, news organisations and the Senate were in an uproar over Niyirah’s testimony. Six members of the senate used the incident as a reason to go to war with Iraq. Even Amnesty international ran with this concocted story, and ran full page newspaper spreads to publicise the incident! You would think that this might have been a lesson to AI to check out their facts before announcing them to a world audience, but as we will see, they still report unsubstantiated stories, with no due diligence, or investigation into such claims. AI should be aware that there are powers in the world who invent atrocities as reasons to invade weaker nations, but still they repeat propaganda.
In the aftermath the Kuwaiti government commissioned a study to establish the facts, and not one shred of evidence could be found to support her testimony. Including interviewing nurses at the hospital where Nayirah claimed the incidents happened. Niyirah was not even in Kuwait when the alleged incidents occurred!
Daddy Bush was President at the time, having so many shares in Arms companies, war was one of his favourite pastimes, and the Bush family fortune is largely due to shares in arms manufacturing companies. He repeated Niyirah’s lies in five speeches in the following months. It is now widely believed that Niyirah’s lies were the deciding factor in the US and Senate support for the first Gulf War! A job well done by Hills and Knowles!
Her lies were repeated on talk shows, newspapers, the Senate, the UN Security Council, and every time they were presented as fact!
On January 15 the US Senate voted by a very narrow 5 votes to support the Bush administration declaration of war. The testimony of Niyirah is widely believed to have been the deciding factor that swayed this narrow majority.
Within three months of her performance American was at war!
The man who was running HK, Craig Fuller, was not only a close personal friend of Daddy Bush, he was also Chief of Staff to Bush when he was vice President!
The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US Sheik Saud al-Nasir Sabah

Niyirah’s father Shaikh Saud bin Nasir Al-Sabah is a member of the Kuwaiti Royal House of the Al-Sabah Family.
This was the beginning of hostilities against Iraq, the death toll in Iraq is now near 1 million people, I wonder does Niyirah ever think about that! I wonder does she feel any remorse for her lies!

Niyirah's tearful, heartbreaking testimony



An understanding of the propaganda of war, and more importantly, the propaganda used to justify totally unjust invasions of other countries, for political and strategic purposes, as opposed to humanitarian reasons, is vital before we look at Iman’s story.

The global elite who manufacture these wars, are masters of manipulation of the masses, they have been studying the psychology of war, and how to manipulate the masses into giving them some level of support for unjust invasions, for hundreds of years.



Iman al-Obeidi’s story



Iman al-Obeidi burst onto the worlds TV screens on 26 March 2011

She turned up at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, where the worlds journalists were staying to cover the Libyan conflict.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9VKnsF9KNM
Sky News Report: 

She claims that she got in, and past security by claiming to be an employee, so presumably she would have appeared calm, her hair an appearance seeming normal.

Minutes after gaining entry she burst into the restaurant, where journalists were having breakfast, hysterically screaming, her hair dishevelled, and obvious scratches on her face.

She was screaming that Gadaffi forces had abducted her 2 days previous, and had continuously gang raped her over the 2 days! She claimed at this stage they handcuffed her, she later claimed on CNN that her hands and feet were tied behind her back!

In her first version of events she claimed that she had escaped, got a taxi, and made her way straight to the Rixos, where she had heard they were foreign journalists staying!
She screamed that she wanted to speak with journalists from Reuters and the New York Times!
Pretty press savvy rape victim!

Quite a few things about Iman’s claims did not add up for me, so I thought I would take a closer look at them.

Firstly, it was inconceivable to me, that anyone who had just suffered gang rape by 15 men over 2 days, day and night, would first make their way to speak with the world’s press!

Anyone who knows anything about the physical and psychological damage, such an ordeal would have caused, would be staggered that the victim decided on this course of action!

By her own account at the time,


She did not seek medical help,

She did not report it too the police,

She did not contact her family or friends,

She did not call at her home for a shower or change of clothes.

Instead she got a taxi and went straight to the Rixos Hotel!


So lets look at Iman’s story from start to present.


She claims that on the 24 of March she was travelling with her brother in law Salih Hamid al-Aguri on the Salahiddeen Road in Tripoli.
Their vehicle was stopped by Gaddafi forces at a check point. When they heard her eastern Libyan accent she was asked to produce her identity card.
When they realised she was from Tobruk, where rebel forces were active, they decided to detain her.

Presumably if these men were on duty they would have been sober. In a later version of events Iman’s story changed, and she said she was abducted by 2 car loads of Gaddafi forces who were very drunk on whiskey!
While at the hotel she showed journalists her injuries, according to the New York times journalist she had a broad bruise on her face, a large scar on her upper thigh, several narrow and deep scratch marks on her legs, and marks that seemed to come from binding on her hands and feet.

There was at least 50 journalists in the restaurant, not one managed to get a picture of these alleged injuries!

I have examined all the pictures that were taken of Iman, and I cannot see any bruising on her face. The only injuries that can be seen are light scratches on her face, and very light marks on her wrists.
Close up of Iman's face at the Rixos Hotel. No bruises
Iman claimed that her hands and feet were tied behind her back for the whole 2 days, and she was not allowed to use the toilet. Presumably this meant she had to lie in her own urine and excrement.

She claimed that they urinated and defecated on her.

This is the position she claims she was held for 2 days.

In her interviews with CNN between the 3/5 April she gave graphic details of her rape.

She said they poured whiskey in her eyes so she could not see them rape her.
She was sodomised with a Kalashnikov.
She was tied up, and they would not allow her to use the bathroom, eat or drink.
One man would finish, and another would enter, he would finish and another would enter.
She said they told her, “Let the men from eastern Libya come and see what we are doing to their women, and how we treat them, how we rape them.
She said there were other women there, including a 16 year old.
She told Cooper other girls were still being held in the building where she was assaulted, and that local residents had complained to the police about it, but that no one had acted to help them.
As rebel forces now claim to be in control of Tripoli, I would have thought that one of the first things they would have done, would be to rescue these women, but they are no such reports.


 By her own testimony she went straight from her abductors to the Rixos.
The very first thing a rape victim would want to do is shower, by her own testimony she did not, but went straight to the Rixos, presumably smelling of whiskey, urine and excrement!
When she appeared at the Rixos, her hair was tousled, but she looked clean, her hair certainly did not look like there was urine or whiskey on it.

Obvious scratches can be seen on her face, and light scratches on her wrists. This is the picture that the MS press ran with, as can be seen in other pictures, there were no marks on her face or wrists.

While covered in their urine and excrement, and with her hands and feet tied behind her back, it is also her claim that one after another the 15 men took it in turns to rape her!


Does this sound plausible to anyone else, because it does not seem remotely plausible to me!

Firstly Muslim men are quite fanatical about hygiene and ablutions in particular. The idea that a Muslim man would have sex with a woman who was covered in another mans urine and excrement is not remotely plausible!
(Or any man of any religion for that matter)
I can totally understand why the Libyan authorities said she was insane, as her story would have seemed totally insane to them!

Hands and feet tied behind the back would be considered an extreme stress position, and if she had been tied in this way for 2 days the marks on her wrists would have been much more pronounced than what we seen from the photographs.
Close up of her wrists.

Plus having sex with a woman in this position would be at best uncomfortable if not impossible!


While at the Rixos hotel it was reported by the worlds press, that a Libyan official pulled a gun, despite there being at least 50 press filming the whole event, not one person got a photograph of this!
It was also claimed that  2 waitress’s pulled  knives on Iman, despite Iman’s every move being filmed by the press, not one got a picture of this either!

What can be seen is Iman being led away by Libyan officials and hotel staff. A hotel waitress is seen putting a coat over Iman’s head.

To understand this heavy handed reaction by the Libyan officials and the hotel staff, you first have to understand the Libyan feelings about rape.

Bare in mind that Libya is a fairly strict Muslim country; women on the whole are virgins when they marry, and sex before marriage would be considered a terrible sin. It is actually against the law for sex to be discussed in public, and if a woman is raped this is considered a most grievous crime in Libya.

If a woman is raped this is not just a great shame on the mans family, it is a great shame on the woman and her family, so to the waitress’s that were present that day, Iman’s actions and accusations would have been beyond their comprehension.

The waitresses and officials thought Iman was lying, because in Libyan culture, a woman who had just been gang raped by 15 men would never ever have went to a hotel full of journalists and started making such accusations. I cannot think of anywhere in the world, where a victim of gang rape, would chose this course of action!

Even in our more liberal Western world, it would seem bizarre that a woman who had suffered this would make her way to a hotel full of journalists, and not seek medical help, or even the comfort of family or friends!
The press reported that Iman was forcefully dragged away, this does not look very forceful to me!
Also in this photograph, please note Iman is carrying her handbag, and her nails, have what looks like fresh nail varnish.

After being taken from the Rixos Hotel by the Libyan officials, she was held for 3 days, at first the Libyans said they had arrested the men concerned, they then said that the men had been freed as Iman refused to have a medical examination. Over the three day period numerous contradictory reports came from the Libyan Officials. Their handling of the entire matter did them no favours PR wise.


Now, if we transfer this event to a posh London hotel, say the Canary wharf Hilton, or the Ritz, if a very dishevelled woman arrived in the restaurant, and started shouting and screaming, that she had just been gang raped by British police over a two day period, what do you think the staff would do?

They would undoubtedly call hotel security, and she would be removed as quickly as possible!
The Libyan response may have seemed a little heavy handed compared to how it would have been dealt with in the west, but the way the MS press reported it, the words they used, and the unsubstantiated claims, all helped to manipulate the viewer, and paint a very unrealistic picture. The skirmish that was shown between the worlds press, looked to me more like them all rushing at the same time, and knocking each other over, than the reported attacks by Libyan officials.

Between the 3/5 of April she gave numerous interviews with CNN by phone.  

On the 6th of April Saadi al-Gaddafi personally arranged for CNN to interview her in person.
During this interview she claimed that at some stage she made her way to a court house to report the crime, but they pulled a gun on her. She does not say when she went to a court, by her own testimony she did not go right after her escape, after her appearance at the Rixos she was questioned by Libyan authorities for 3 days, so it was not then either.
She did not make this claim in any previous interviews with CNN.
First CNN interview in person with Iman.
In the 6th April CNN interview she said that 2 cars loads of Libyan Gadaffi armed forces took her to one of their residences, and that is where they held her for 2 days.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOustGJyArU
First CNN interview: 
On April the 11 she was interviewed by phone by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro of the national Public radio, in this interview she said was held in a guarded compound! 5 days and 2 totally different versions of the story.

At this stage she elaborated that a 16 year old girl was being held with her, and the girl managed to untie her, she then made her escape by jumping out a window. As there is no more mention of the 16 year old girl, she presumably left her behind!
Was the 16 year old tied as well?
Was she also being gang raped?
Why did she leave her behind?
Why was there no mention of this 16 year old girl until the 11 April?

In the April 6th interview she said one of her rapists was a public official, on the April 11th interview she said one of her abductors was the son of a government minister!

She claims that when she made her escape she was naked, and covered herself in a tablecloth.
It seems a little odd to me that 15 men who abduct a woman to gang rape, tie her up, urinate and defecate on her, would do this in a room where there was a table with a table cloth!

After she jumped out the window she said there was a wall surrounding the compound, (Remember the 6 April interview she was held in the house of one of the abductors). This wall had an electric gate, and was guarded by 2 African guards.
She then claims that she ran at them armed with a piece of metal that she had found, and they were so scared they opened the gate and let her out!!!!!
Hello! A naked woman holding a table cloth around herself, presumably secured by one hand, and a bit of metal in the other, scared 2 grown men so badly that they opened an electric gate and let her escape! 
Also, at the Rixos she was carrying her handbag, add a handbag to the picture and you have a naked woman, clutching a tablecloth around her, also carrying a handbag, and armed with a bit of metal!

Is it just me, or does that story seem totally and completely inconceivable?

She then claimed that the people in the neighbourhood helped her, got her a taxi, paid the fare and took her straight to the Rixos Hotel! In this version there is no mention of stopping at a court house.
Presumably it was these same people who gave her clothes. The clothes she showed up to the Rixos looked fresh and clean.

Most incredibly, in this interview she claims that she took pictures at this stage of her injuries with her cell phone!!!!!!

Why am I the only person on the net questioning this woman bizarre story!



By her own admission she went straight to the Rixos, she did not stop at her home, so she must have had her cell phone with her through the abduction and rape! Why the hell did she not phone for help! From the photographs taken at the Rixos she is clearly seen carrying her handbag, why did her abductors let her keep her handbag? I searched for the pictures she claimed she took of her injuries, but there is no sign of them on the net.

This woman’s story is so full of holes, I am aghast that none of the reporters that interviewed her questioned these things. Not one of the journalist that reported her story went to the area where she claimed she was held to interview the people who apparently helped her, not one of them interviewed her brother in law who was supposed to have been with her when she was abducted. No one checked out anything, it was all just reported as fact!

Libyan state TV has been running a clip of a woman belly dancing in a very provocative manner, they claim it is Iman. The western media has claimed that this is not Iman, as Iman has only 9 fingers, and the woman belly dancing has 10!
This footage does like  younger pictures of Iman, and Iman has at some stage lost the top of her little finger. I have tried to establish when or how she lost the top of her finger, but as yet I have not been able to find this information.
This may or may not be her, I really cant say, its not that the Gaddafi regime do not have a propaganda machine as well, albeit a very rudimentary one compared to the NATO alliance’s very sophisticated one!
The vid of Iman dancing (allegedly)

What seems a to be picture of Iman when she was younger. To be honest, I think the dancing vid may be Gaddafi propaganda, who knows!



After cursing the Gaddafi regime to hell and back, in the April 6th interview she said that Saadi Gaddafi was a humble and understanding man.
On  the 8th of May  CNN reported that on May 5, Iman escaped to Tunisia with the help of a defecting military officer. She wore a tradition Berber headdress to cross the border, which concealed her face apart from one eye.
This is her demonstrating the outfit she wore.
This is supposedly the actual outfit she made her escape in! This looks like a hotel sheet to me!
This is Iman in Tunisia showing the CNN reporter her disguise to cross the border. I honestly think this outfit looks like her hotel sheets!



I have tried to find information on this defecting military officer, but none is available. He is mentioned a few times in different reports, but  there is no mention of  the nature of his relationship with Iman, or his name.

This is a real traditional Berber outfit!
Real traditional Berber outfit.

According to CNN she was met at the border by French diplomats who took her from transitional national council officials who had helped her escape.
(This version of events contradicts the Qatar authorities, who say she flew into Qatar on a trade plane)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3_oXXskkbU
The CNN Tunisia interview. Notice the tight top and trousers, and the luxury apartment.  

This link is CNN's Nic Roberson interviewing her just after she crossed into Tunisia.


At some stage during this time period it emerged that Iman was in fact engaged to a Faraj Ghaithi, and some kind of preliminary wedding ceremony was held in her home town, by her family, Faraj and his family! This ceremony was held minus the bride, which apparently can be done under Islamic laws. In her US CNN interview she said they will meet and see if they want to stay married. Presumably he will be going to the USA as well, as she has no intentions of returning to Libya!


May 18 and she is giving more interviews to CNN’s Nic Roberson. In this interview she claimed she felt liberated to be out of Libya.

It is worth noting, that when interviewed in Tunisia, she appears to be staying in luxury accommodation. In the earlier interviews she is covered from head to toe in the Hijab, giving the impression of a devout Muslim woman, in the Tunisia interviews she is wearing a tight top, and tight trousers! By the time she arrives in America, to be interviewed by the world press, she is again covered from head to toe. This may seem a minor detail, but I think it is relevant, Iman seems to create different projections of herself, on different occasions.

June 2 and Sybella Wilkes, spokeswoman for UNHCR said that Iman had been deported from Qatar, and was back in Libya in the rebel strong hold of Benghazi. Apparently the TNC had asked the Qatar authorities to deport her!


According to the Qatar authorities they said that she never had refugee status there. They said she flew in and was given a 2 week visitors visa, which was extended by another week, during that time they put her up in a 5 star hotel. They claim that when her 3 week tourist visa was up, she flew back to Benghazi.



In her April 6 interview with CNN she had made it very clear that she supported the rebels, so why would the rebels want her deported! No reason is given for this, but it would appear they too had issues with Iman.

She also claimed at this time that she had been beaten by the authorities in Qatar! This was strenuously denied by the authorities in Qatar, who were astonished that she had made such a claim. They said that during her stay they housed her in a 5 Star hotel!

A Qatar spokesman said. “Who would beat her up and why should Qatari authorities assault her? What would be the provocation for that?”

US journalists who seen her in Benghazi at this time, testified that she had bruises; she claimed they were inflicted by Qatar authorities. Pure supposition, but if it was the TNC that demanded she return to Benghazi, did they inflict the bruises? Who knows! She said at this time she was in fear for her life. If she was staying in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, who the hell was she afraid off!

This was of course all reported on US news channels, I can only suppose that they wanted to paint a picture of all Middle eastern people as barbaric and uncouth. They have went to great efforts to mind bend the US public into believing that all Arabic people are terrorists/despots/barbarians/rapists. While painting a picture of themselves as the saviours of the world, invading these countries to administer good old American democracy!
The fact that they deliver their democracy with bombs and bullets goes over the heads of most Americans!
On June 6 Iman’s sister announced that Iman had been granted asylum in the United States.

Asylum from what? The rebels had at this stage been recognised as the ruling body in Libya, Gaddafi’s regime was no longer recognised, so was her asylum from the rebels or Gaddafi!

She was then sent to a UN refugee centre in Timisoara in Romania. After 54 days she arrived in New York. On her arrival she thanked the US government, and was especially grateful to secretary of state Hilary Clinton for all her support and assistance!
She then took a plane to an undisclosed location; she told CNN that she was happy and excited to be there.
And without any due diligence or investigation the NATO propaganda machine milked the whole thing for all it was worth!

Iman being interviewed in Qatar by CNN.

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said incidents of such sexual violence in Libya were a demonstration of Gaddafi government's "absolute disregard for any understanding of human rights."
I live in the UK, I could catalogue a very long list of UK abuses of human rights! Most recently the slaughter of thousands of Libyan’s. Death toll from Iraqi and Afghanistan invasions one and a half million souls, and rising!

 Amnesty International called al-Obeidi's story "stomach-churning," and requested her release and an investigation. (This was during the time Libyan authorities were interviewing her)
So from her alleged abduction on March 24 to her arrival in New York on July 27 , a period of 4 months, she had apparently got over her trauma! In several of her interviews she emphasised how much she would love to live in the United States, and her sister Marwa al-Obdidi said in an interview that Hilary Clinton personally arranged for a private plane to fly Iman and her Father from Libya to America, via Malta, Austria and Romania! The US state department confirmed this.
The US State department also said that they would provide Iman with whatever help she needed, and that Hillary Clinton had been especially interested in Iman’s case. To quote: "been deeply interested in the case and has followed it throughout."
I’ll bet!
Maybe Ms Clinton will now turn her attention to seeking justice for all the victims that were raped in Abu Ghraib prison, by US military, and US CACI interrogators.
From the outset of this debacle, Iman emphasised her support for the rebels, and made it clear that she would like to live in America.
Her claims of rape were reported world wide, and influenced millions of people, her accusations aided the rebel cause, and no one has investigated her claims! It is my guess that like her fore runner Niyirah, if and when the truth of the matter emerges, it will be too late for many thousands of Libyans, who have been murdered since.
Iman’s objectives from the outset, to aid the rebels, and to live in America, She would seem to have fulfilled her objectives.
I have known many victims of rape, both personally, and in a professional capacity, and this woman displays none of the signs of having endured the torture she claims she endured. I could be way off track, and totally wrong, but my gut feeling on this, is that her whole story has been fabricated from start to finish!
I will leave you all to draw your own conclusions, do your own investigations, if there is anything I have missed, please feel free to contact me.
Sandra Barr

Iman, the rebels poster girl!
Iman and her new best friend CNNs Nic Robertson
Please note the nail polish. This is the picture that most of the MS press ran with, the scratches on her face are only in this picture. As my video, (Link at the top of blog) exposes, other pictures taken at the time have no scratches.


Iman shows CNN the rope marks, sadly CNN did not do a close up so as we could all see them!
Iman being led from the Rixos Hotel by a Libyan official, this man is clearly not man handling Iman as was reported by the  Main stream press, the man looks clearly confused, and concerned.
This poor man is now reportedly in a critical condition, after rebels hunted him down, and beat him to a pulp in retaliation for escorting her from the Rixos!


Update 02/12/2014
Well, it would seem that Iman has got herself in the news again! She is now known by the name Eman Ali , and she has been living in Boulder Colorado off a $1,800-per-month stipend from the Libyan Embassy.
She now faces possible deportation charges after a number of assaults. On two occasions she assaulted police officers, and on another occasion a woman in a bar.
This is sections of the Boulder News report on her:

After 3 arrests in Boulder, Libyan refugee Iman al-Obeidi could face deportation

Already on probation, al-Obeidi faces trial in October on assault charge

By Mitchell Byars, Camera Staff Writer
Posted:   07/27/2014 04:00:00 PM MDT



In 2011, Iman al-Obeidi became the international face of defiance against Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya after she claimed she'd been brutally raped by more than a dozen of the dictator's men.
Three years later, as a political refugee living in Boulder, al-Obeidi is "destitute," according to her attorneys, and has been arrested three times. On probation already in an assault on a police officer, she faces trial this fall in a second assault case — which could jeopardize her ability to stay in the U.S.
Al-Obeidi, now 32, became the center of a media frenzy after she stormed into a hotel room in Tripoli and told the international press there that she was raped after being detained at a security checkpoint. In turn, the Libyan government claimed al-Obeidi was an alcoholic and mentally ill.
After a failed attempt to seek refuge in Qatar, al-Obeidi was granted asylum in the U.S. in June of 2011 and, with the help of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she settled in Denver as a political refugee.
But things have not gone smoothly in Colorado for al-Obeidi, who is now going by the name Eman Ali and lives off a $1,800-per-month stipend from the Libyan Embassy.

'That is not OK in my country'
Ali has been arrested three times in Boulder County since 2013, and all of the cases started at downtown Boulder bars.
In January 2013, Ali was arrested on suspicion of unlawful conduct on public property stemming from an incident in which an apparently intoxicated Ali was reported to be "causing a disturbance" at Tahona Tequila Bistro on Pearl Street, according to police reports. That case was later dismissed.

Last August, officers were on patrol in the 1000 block of Walnut Street when they were flagged down by witnesses who pointed out a "stumbling" and "intoxicated" Ali, according to court documents.
Officers tried to take her to the Boulder County Addiction Recovery Center, but while she was getting in the squad car, Ali allegedly spit in one officer's face and chest, and then began kicking the officers, according to court records.
Ali was charged with felony second-degree assault on a police officer and misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.
In September, she pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree assault and was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered not to consume alcohol.
But while still on probation in that case, Ali was arrested again in February on suspicion of assault.

According to an arrest affidavit, while at the Bohemian Biergarten in downtown Boulder, a woman accidentally "brushed up" against Ali while in the bar. The woman told police that Ali said, "That is not OK in my country," and then poured a beer on her.
About half an hour later, the woman's friend said Ali came back and threw a glass at her head, giving her a one-inch gash on her forehead that required four staples to close, according to court records.
She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer. She has pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled for trial Oct. 20, and also has a hearing in September regarding a possible revocation of her 2013 probation.
Free on $5,000 bond, Ali had to forfeit her passport after a judge granted the request by prosecutors, who cited the "aggravated nature of the allegations, the seriousness of the potential penalties facing the defendant, and her continued and increased international flight risk."
Court records also show that one of Ali's Boulder neighbors is suing the Libyan refugee for allegedly totaling her car.
When reached by phone last week, Ali insisted her criminal case had been dismissed and declined to comment further.
"I am nobody important," Ali said. "I am a regular person."
But prosecutors said they have not dropped the assault case.
Harold Flowers, listed in court records as Ali's attorney, did not return calls for comment last week.
'They are not very forgiving at all'
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office will not be involved in any issues regarding Ali's immigration status, and added that her status as a political refugee has no bearing on how she's prosecuted.
"I'm confident it will be fairly resolved at trial," Garnett said. "We try to deal with everybody consistently. The consequences of other things will fall where they may."
Mevlani, of Denver's Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services, said it's possible that, if convicted at trial this fall, Ali could face deportation.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman declined to discuss Ali's case, but confirmed that immigrants can be deported for criminal convictions. ICE handles each person on a case-by-case basis, he said.

"I know she has a green card, but it just depends on the outcome and the severity of the crime," Mevlani said. "It's up to immigration services."
Violeta Chapin, a law professor at the University of Colorado who works at the school's criminal defense clinic, said there are many factors that go into whether immigrants are deported, including their criminal history, how long they've been in the country and their ties to the community.
"They are not very forgiving at all, especially if you begin to rack up criminal convictions," Chapin said of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Chapin said many immigrants face hardships in moving to the U.S.

'People move on with their lives'
According to court records, Ali has had trouble finding a job and making ends meet.
In fact, her attorneys filed a motion asking a judge to lift her court-mandated drug and alcohol testing because "the defendant is a political refugee, is destitute and the continued testing constitutes a financial hardship as her sole income is $1,800 per month from the Libyan Embassy, although she has unsuccessfully attempted to obtain gainful employment."
Mevlani said that, for most immigrants, finding a job is the first step to getting as close to a normal life as possible.
"People move on with their lives, and get a job and go to school and buy houses," Mevlani said. "We tell the clients, we try to make them as self-sufficient as possible."
Mevlani said the agency offers job training and other resources to help its clients accomplish that, but he said Ali's move out of Denver made that more difficult.
"We do have the resources and education, but unfortunately she moved to Boulder, and we were limited as far as working closely," Mevlani said. "At that time, basically we kind of lost contact."
Mevlani said he had heard about Ali's arrests, but that she herself had not reached out to his agency.
"I'm very surprised she has not," Mevlani said. "I was hoping she would."
 



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