Libyan political refugee living in Boulder charged with assault arrested again

BOULDER, Colo. - A woman who made headlines during Libya's civil war when she said she was raped by Moammar Gadhafi's troops -- and who is now facing assault charges in Colorado -- has been arrested for violating the conditions of her bond and probation.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1F5s48Q ) 32-year-old Iman al-Obeidi was arrested in Boulder on Monday after prosecutors say she tested positive for opiates and alcohol. At the time, she was on bond for a pending assault case and on probation stemming from an assault case from 2013.

al-Obeidi, now known as Eman Ali, was granted asylum in the United States in 2011 and settled in Boulder where she was a post graduate law student. She was accused of pouring a beer on a woman and later throwing a glass at her head at a bar in Boulder. Her trial is scheduled to begin in February.

al-Obeidi first received worldwide media attention during the Libyan Civil War, when she burst into the restaurant of the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli and told the international press corps there that Libyan troops had beaten and gang-raped her.

Libyan government representatives claimed she was drunk, mentally ill, a prostitute, and a thief, and said she would be charged with slander. She made her way to Qatar, where she applied for political asylum. After initially protecting her, Qatar forcibly deported her back to Benghazi, Libya.  She was granted asylum in the United States with the help of Hillary Clinton.

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