Penalty/consequences, if any, for foreign resident who is found to have alcohol in his home [LBY37054.E]

A professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio who specializes on Lybia stated that alcohol is not allowed in Lybia, it is illegal. The penalties for being found with alcohol at home could vary from imprisonment to a fine. Application of the law depends on the officer who finds out about the infraction. It could be easier for a foreign resident to avoid punishment. If the foreign resident is Muslim, it might be more difficult.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at San Antonio. 23 May 2001. Correspondence.

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

One source did not respond to an information request.

Internet sites including:

Lonely Planet

Lybia Home page

U.S. Department Travel Warnings

Home Office



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