Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pro-Qaddafi Libyan TV anchorwoman dead (update: no)

Remember Halah al-Misrati, the Libyan newscaster who bizarrely defended the regime on TV by brandishing a pistol during her show?

She is now reportedly dead:

Libyan State TV anchorwoman, Halah al-Misrati, was found dead in her jail cell in the Libyan capital on Friday, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Tripoli.

The National Transitional Council has not yet commented on the news.

However, media sources loyal to former leader Muammar Qaddafi have confirmed her death in her cell.

Misrati is remembered as a staunch loyalist to Qaddafi and for her verbal assault on anti-Qaddafi fighters during the uprising last year.

She will also be remembered for her strange antics on TV, including brandishing a handgun in the air as she warned rebels of trying to oust Qaddafi.

Misrati is also most famous for the “fatwa” she issued on air concerning the United Nations Security Council condemnation of Qaddafi’s violent suppression of the protests.

UPDATE: Al Quds al Arabi quotes her as denying she's dead.