Monday, September 5, 2011

DTN News - ABUSE OF POWER BY GADDAFI & SONS: Gaddafi, Sons Raped Female Bodyguards, Claims Psychologist

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - ABUSE OF POWER BY GADDAFI & SONS: Gaddafi, Sons Raped Female Bodyguards, Claims Psychologist
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 5, 2011: News generated from Benghazi reports DTN News., Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi and his sons and high officials raped the leader’s female security guards, as has been claimed by a Libyan psychologist.

Dr. Seham Sergewa, a prominent Libyan psychologist, is currently collecting details of rape and sexual abuse cases of Libyan women. Five of her patients happen to be Moammar Gaddafi’s ex-bodyguards and they claim that Gaddafi, his sons, and senior officials raped them in succession. The Washington Postquotes Dr. Sergewa saying that the women were passed on as objects of sex abuse from the dictator to his sons and then on to the senior government officials till the women were wanted no more and were freed.

The probe by the Libyan psychologist also reveals cases of forced recruitment of women into the ranks of security officers. One case is that of a woman who claims she was blackmailed with threats of imprisoning her brother for life if she refused to become a security guard. Dr. Sergewa has also started investigating claims of gang rape of women by Gaddafi’s soldiers during the conflict that started earlier this year. Some of the victims of rape are said to have committed suicide.

An estimated 6,000 women have been raped in Libya, at least 300 of them raped during the conflict starting with the rebellion against Gaddafi, reports Dr. Sergewa’s probe shows that rape was used by Gaddafi’s soldiers as a “weapon of war” during the recent conflict and for using this "weapon," the soldiers even received condoms and Viagra.

Some Libyan doctors and psychologists, however, have questioned Dr. Sergewa’s research methods and her findings; they ask for independent reviewing of her claims, reports The Telegraph.

Benghazi-based psychologist Seham Sergewa has collected the details for use by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is investigating possible war crimes by Gaddafi and his associates.
Gaddafi has kept a cadre of about 30 women, known as his Amazonian guard, close by his side since the early 1970s. At times, the women took bullets for Gaddafi — one woman died and two were injured when the Libyan leader was attacked in 1998.

The strongman asked his female bodyguards not only for their protection but also for oaths of virginity, and that they be dressed in camouflage, nail polish, coiffed hair, and heavy mascara.

One woman told the Sunday Malta Times she was blackmailed into joining the unit after the regime told her that her brother had been smuggling drugs into Libya and she would go to jail unless she agreed to join the brigade.

“A pattern emerged in the stories,” the Times reports. “The women would be first raped by the dictator and then passed on, like used objects, to one of his sons and eventually to high-ranking officials for more abuse before eventually being let go.”

Sergewa is also investigating claims that Gaddafi soldiers systematically raped women during the conflict. Some women have come forward saying they were raped by as many as 20 soldiers at a time.

“In one case, a girl, around 18 or so, said she was raped in front of her father. She kept telling him not to look at her,” Sergewa said.

Other victims have committed suicide or were contemplating it.

New reports show that the violence against women may extend to Gaddafi’s son Hannibel and wife Aline Skaf, as well. At Gaddafi’s seaside homes, CNN discovered that Hannibel’s nanny had been beaten, starved, and repeatedly burned. Watch the graphic video of Hannibel’s nanny here.

Since June, many Libyan women have also been asked to join the armed forces to fight against the rebels.

“We are going to make sure that every mother, the symbol of love and creation, is a bomb, a killing machine,” government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said.
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