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Alcohol and pornographic films seized in Iran

TEHRAN, May 17 (AFP) - Iranian police have seized 2,500 liters (650 gallons) of alcohol produced in a Tehran workshop, as well a considerable number of pornographic CD-Roms and videotapes, Kayhan paper reported Monday.

The police arrested the suspected owner of the goods which were distributed on a "vast scale" in Tehran, the paper said.

The police also found equipment for receiving satellite television, forbidden in Iran since 1995.

Both alcohol and pornographic films have been strictly forbidden in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

However, the ban on alcohol is largely theoretical, since liquor, both smuggled and locally made, is easily available throughout the country.


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