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Photos: Over 15,000 bottles of alcohol seized by Iranian police

Photos by Yunos Khani, Mehr News Agency, Tehran

After two months of search and detection operations, police officers seized 15,900 bottles of smuggled alcohol in Tehran.

In some countries of the Muslim world, consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden according to Islamic Law - though the strictness by which this prohibition was and is enforced varies considerably between various Islamic countries and various periods in their history.

Iran began restricting alcohol consumption and production soon after the 1979 Revolution, with harsh penalties meted out for violations of the law. However, there is widespread violation of the law. Officially recognized non-Muslim minorities are allowed to produce alcoholic beverages for their own private consumption and for religious rites such as the Eucharist.

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