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Libya Threatens Death Penalty for People Caught Using Satellite Phones

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The incumbent Libyan government has issued a warning that the use of an unauthorised satellite phone will result in the user being treated as if they are a spy working for the NATO military alliance.

Anyone caught with a Thuraya phone, one of the easiest to buy in the country, would be charged with collaborating with the enemy, and may face the death penalty.

"Any citizen who owns a device of the Thuraya brand must carry a permit allowing its use according to the laws and regulations in force," the official JANA news agency reported.

"Spies among the traitors and the agents of ... NATO use the Thuraya telephones to give crusaders the coordinates of some locations to be bombed, which has caused the deaths of a large number of civilians," it said.

The Thuraya Satellite operator is accused of helping the rebels in their civil war to overthrow the government headed by Muammar Gaddafi.

UAE based Etisalat is a major shareholder in Thuraya.

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