Medical letter writing action - Libya: Threatened introduction of corporal punishment and extension of death penalty

Medical letter writing action - Libya: Threatened introduction of corporal punishment and extension of death penalty

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Index Number: MDE 19/005/1993
Date Published: 11 July 1993
Categories: Libya, Middle East And North Africa

In an address to a group of prisoners, broadcast on 30 June 1993, the Libyan leader, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi, appeared to call for the extension of the death penalty to the consumption of alcohol and membership of "heretical" groups. He also called for the introduction of the judicial punishment of amputation for theft and televised flogging for sexual offenses. These penalties may be formally introduced into the Libyan Penal Code in the near future, if approved by the General People's Congress.


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