Gaddafi preached 'benefits of Islam' to 200 glamour models

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London, Nov. 17 (ANI): Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi's bizarre side was revealed once again when he preached benefits of Islam to 200 attractive young glamour models in Rome.

On the sidelines of a global food summit in Rome, he lectured women on the role of Muslim women, The Telegraph reports.

The models, who were hired to be preached, were told that they were attending a party.

An ad placed for this purpose read: "Seeking attractive girls between 18 and 35 years old, at least 1.7 metres (5 foot, 7 inches) tall, well-dressed but not in miniskirts or low cut dresses." High heels and fur coats were allowed, but plunging necklines were out, the agency said.

The women were taken by buses to the Libyan ambassador's residence in a plush residential corner of the Italian capital to await President Gaddafi.

After arriving, Gaddafi proceeded to preach the merits of Islam and encouraged them to convert.

Some were offended by what they considered anti-Christian aspects of his lecture, including a claim that Christ was not crucified but that "someone who looked like him" was substituted and put to death in his place.

"It was anything but the VIP party we were expecting, they didn't even give us a glass of water," one girl said.

At the end of the evening, they were each sent home with a tip of 53 pounds, a copy of the Koran and a booklet entitled "How to be a Muslim".

Gaddafi will invite another 200 young women to a similar encounter on Tuesday and a further 200 to a gathering on Wednesday said Libya's ambassador to Italy, Hafed Gaddur.

The Libyan leader often makes odd demands on his trips abroad - most commonly to pitch his Bedouin tent in a park in whichever city he is visiting.

During his previous trip to Rome in June, he asked for, and was granted, a reception with 700 Italian women from the worlds of business, politics and the media. (ANI)

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