National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil’s announcement that Libya would follow Sharia law was mandated by Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the former Al-Qaeda commander whose LIFG terrorist organization killed U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jalil promised to revoke Gaddafi’s ban on polygamy and return Libya to Islamic banking laws during a triumphant speech on Saturday, declaring, “Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its basic source.”
Sharia law is viewed by many as an arcane and inherently brutal system of justice, with harsh punishments for those deemed to have broken its moral code, including torture and execution for sins such as adultery, homosexuality and robbery. The law also stifles free speech as it criminalizes criticism of Islam, the Quran, and the prophet Muhammad.
Even as Jalil made the announcement of a return to Sharia, the decree that bodies should be buried immediately under Islamic law was flouted as people lined up to see the dead corpses of Gaddafi and his son Mutassim lying in a meat freezer.