Iran booze smuggling is big business


Tehran – Authorities catch only about a
quarter of the $730m worth of alcoholic drinks smuggled annually into
Iran, where liquor is banned under Islamic law, a newspaper reported on

“Every year $730m worth of alcoholic drinks enter Iran,
but only $200m worth are discovered,” the Khabar newspaper quoted the
anti-smuggling bureau’s secretary Hassan Vanaei as saying.

production and consumption have been strictly prohibited in the Islamic
republic since the 1979 revolution and violations are punishable by
jail terms or lashes.

But this has not stopped production of
home-made booze, or smuggled liquor from neighbouring countries. Local
media often report deaths from contaminated alcohol.

killed three people in September last year, 10 in March 2009 and four in
November of the previous year, according to media reports.

April 2007, 10 people died from home-made liquor in the holy city of
Qom, the clerical nerve centre of Shi’ite Islam and home to many
religious seminaries south of Tehran.

Recognised Christian
minorities, such as Armenians, are discreetly allowed to produce and
consume alcohol in order not to offend Islamic sensibiliti… >>>

Meet Iranian Singles

Iranian Singles

Recipient Of The Serena Shim Award

Serena Shim Award
Meet your Persian Love Today!
Meet your Persian Love Today!