Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim claimed in an interview with The Associated Press that the woman was a prostitute who refused to undergo a medical examination, and that she is now with her sister in the Libyan capital.
"This girl is a prostitute. She has her rights completely, but the girl is not what she pretended to be, this is her line of work," he said.
Whether or not she is a prostitute, I hope they investigate this crime fairly, and I hope justice is done.
However, we, as a nation, should not be swayed into war with Libya based on this terrible crime, because 75% of rapists here do not even get arrested let alone convicted, and many politicians here are trying to make it even more difficult for a rape victim to get justice.
BTW, I was surprised that her supporters and journalists published her name. It's best for victims to remain anonymous.
Many US service women have been raped while serving in Iraq by fellow servicemen, and a woman detained in Abu Ghraib as well as a young boy have been allegedly raped.
War is not the answer for rape, unfortunately a universal crime, but information about how to prevent and prosecute rape crimes is: