NTC Criminalizes “Glorification” Of Muammar Gaddafi

Editor’s Note:
In essence, three separate laws were passed. This is ‘democracy’ in the new Libya!

1– Prohibition of praise for Muammar Gaddafi, his family or the former government and the Jamahiriya
2– Prison sentences for anyone who “attacks the February 17 revolution, denigrates Islam, the authority of the state or its institutions
3– Confiscation of all property and funds belonging to figures of the previous regime, including Gaddafi’s relatives

Also see: Libyan Lawyers Condemn Amnesty And Glorification Laws ; Reporters Sans Frontières Condemn New Laws Criminalizing Insulting Government Institutions

~Alexandra


Libyan police in Benghazi stand outside a courthouse which was hit by a blast

Deccan chronicle Via Infowars Ireland

Libya’s National Transitional Council on Wednesday criminalised the glorification of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi and his regime.

“Praising or glorifying Muammar Gaddafi, his regime, his ideas or his sons… is punishable by a prison sentence,” said the text of the law read out to reporters by a judicial official following a high-level meeting.

“If those news, rumours or propaganda cause any damage to the state the penalty will be life in prison,” the official said reading from the text of the new law.

The law also criminalises spreading rumours or information that could hamper military activities, spread terror, or weaken the morale of citizens.

New laws seize Qaddafi family assets and criminalise support for him.

The NTC has approved a law criminalizing any glorification of Muammar Gaddafi or any support for him or the ex-regime.

Also passed at the NCT’s meeting on Tuesday was a law expropriating all the assets of Gaddafi and members of his family.

NTC spokesman Muhammed Al-Hareizi confirmed to Libya Herald that the two new laws had been passed. They would be made public on Thursday he said.

Gadaffi family assets have in practice been seized within Libya when known, but it is believed that there are far more to be discovered. A law will enable a properly funded government department to spend time and effort tracking down assets.

Abroad, significant amounts of the family’s assets have been frozen as a result of last year’s UN sanctions. Some has been seized. In Italy five weeks ago, the authorities seized more than $1.5bn in assets, mainly shareholdings in major companies. These, however, were seized at the request of the International Criminal Court. It makes it easier for Libya to pursue assets abroad and have them seized if there is a legal basis on which to do so.

Glorification of Muammar Gaddafi and support for him may be a more difficult area. Accusations of being Gaddafi supporters are often used to demonize rivals and opponents. In Sebha and Kufra, during the recent clashes, both side accused the other of supporting Gaddafi and presenting themselves as the true guardians of the revolution. The same occurred during last month’s clashes between Zuara and Al-Jmail.

Finding out who really is a supporter of the Gaddafi regime as opposed to who is being accused of being so may not be easy.

LH

Libya bans “glorification” of Gaddafi regime

Tripoli: Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council on Wednesday criminalised the glorification of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi and his regime.

“Praising or glorifying Muammar Gaddafi, his regime, his ideas or his sons… Is punishable by a prison sentence,” said the text of the law read out to reporters by a judicial official following a high-level meeting.

“If those news reports, rumours or propaganda cause any damage to the state the penalty will be life in prison,” the official quoted the text as saying.

“In conditions of war, there is a prison sentence for any person who spreads information and rumours which disrupt military preparations for the defence of the country, spread terror or weaken the citizens’ morale,” he added.

According to the law, Libya is still in a state of war following the 2011 bloody conflict that pitted Gaddafi loyalists against NATO-backed rebel forces.

A second law, also governing the transition, stipulates prison sentences for anyone who “attacks the February 17 revolution, denigrates Islam, the authority of the state or its institutions”.

Yet another law confiscates all property and funds belonging to figures of the previous regime, including Gaddafi’s relatives, putting them under the care of the judiciary.

The tough legislation comes just weeks before elections for a constituent assembly which the NTC has pledged to hold in June.

SOURCE Via Nina Westbury

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