CNN) — The United States is “disappointed” by the expulsion by Qatar of Eman al-Obeidy to Libya, a decision that it said is a “breach of humanitarian norms.”
Al-Obeidy grabbed the world’s attention this spring when she accused Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s security forces of gang-raping her.
“We’ve not spoken with Ms. al-Obeidy since she left Qatar, but we have been in contact with senior officials in the Transitional National Council in Benghazi, and we’ve made clear U.S. interests in her case,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in reference to the rebel government in control of eastern Libya. “I believe she is safe where she is at right now.”
The U.S. criticism comes on the heels of reports that al-Obeidy was beaten in Qatar before being deported back to Libya.