Libya bans glorification of Gaddafi

2012-05-03 10:22 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, 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.