Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi,in Rome for a UN food summit,spent several hours in the company of 200 Italian women recruited by an agency and tried to convert them to Islam,Italian media reported on Monday.
Seeking 500 attractive girls between 18 and 35 years old,at least 5 feet,7 inches tall,well-dressed but not in mini-skirts or low cut dresses, read the ad by the Hostessweb agency and quoted in Italys Corriere dell Sera newspaper in its story.
Some 200 women showed up at a Rome villa,having been told they would receive 60 Euros and some Libyan gifts. Among them was an undercover reporter for Italian news agency ANSA,who took photos and described the evenings proceedings.
Most had expected to attend a party,said ANSA,but instead were invited to wait in a large hall until the arrival of Gaddafi,who gave them a lesson on Libya and the role of women in Islam. The lesson concluded with an exhortation by Gaddafi to convert to Islam and each woman got a copy of the Quran and a book of sayings by Gaddafi.
It was anything but a VIP party,they didnt even give us a glass of water, a woman told ANSA. Others said they were offended by anti-Christian aspects of his lesson,including a claim that Jesus was not crucified but that someone who looked like him was put to death in his place.