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'Hardened Drinker' Faces Death Penalty

  1. mrsolearyscow
    The man -- identified only by his first name, Mohsen -- was reportedly sentenced to death after a Tehran court judged him a "hardened and incorrigible drinker." Iranian media reported that a second Tehran court is currently deciding whether Mohsen should be executed. He has 20 days to appeal the decision.

    Under Iran's Islamic Shari'a law, a person who is caught drinking for a fourth time may face capital punishment. First-time offenders are punished with cash fines, flogging -- 80 lashes for a single drinking offense -- or a jail sentence.

    Mohsen has been punished for drinking alcohol three times before -- in May, June, and October 2006.

    Iranian news agencies quoted his lawyer, Aziz Nokendei, as saying his client was recently arrested again for drunken and disorderly behavior.

    Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, alcohol consumption has been strictly forbidden in Iran.

    A judge at a Tehran criminal court, Jalil Jalili, suggested that the courts have gone easy on Mohsen until now. According to "the Islamic Penal Code, if someone drinks twice and is punished for it on each occasion, he should be executed on the third offense," Jalili said.

    Nevertheless, some Iranian lawyers argue that the execution of such offenders is also a violation of the country's laws because of Tehran's international obligations.

    Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a board member of Iran's Independent Society of Defense Lawyers and the head of a Tehran law firm, tells RFE/RL that executing a person for merely being drunk violates Iran's obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an advisory declaration adopted by the UN.

    "According to the ninth article of the Iranian Civil Code, we can say that these [international] agreements are a part of domestic laws and cannot be ignored," Dadkhah says. "In this context, we can say that handing down the death penalty for drinking alcohol is questionable."

    Many Iranians ignore the ban on alcohol, despite the risk of harsh punishments. Iranian authorities admit that alcohol consumption has increased in the country in recent years, and that Iranians drink at least 1 million liters of alcoholic beverages annually. Alcohol can easily be obtained on the black market in all parts of the country.

    Christian minorities in Iran -- such as Armenians -- are allowed to produce and consume alcohol. They are required, however, to drink it behind closed doors in order not to upset Islamic sensibilities.

    Iran has been criticized by Western governments and human rights groups for having one of the highest rates of executions in the world. Murder, rape, adultery, and drug trafficking are among the offenses punishable by death under Iranian law.

    However, executions for drinking are very rare there. Amnesty International says a Kurdish man, Karim Fahimi, was sentenced to death in 2005 in the western city of Sardasht after having been convicted of drinking alcohol for at least the third time. It is not known if the sentence was carried out.

    Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1079447.html


  1. hookedonhelping
    because the weak deserve to die?
  2. godztear
    It is not being weak that is reason for death sentencing, it is the act of consuming alcohol which is highly against Islamic Law and the Islamic religion.

    That would have been my defense right there. I converted to Christianity, now give me back my booze and let me shut the door in your face.
  3. Pondlife
    Good news: not guilty of alcohol consumption; bad news: guilty of apostasy. Sentence for apostasy? You guessed it.
  4. chinpokomaster
    I don't think anyone is allowed to drink in Iran, Muslim or not. I don't think he was drinking it behind closed doors, seeing as how he was accused of being drunk and disorderly. Sounds more like a public order offence.
  5. godztear
    As silenced as news is out of Iran, he could have been sipping a beer on his 25th floor balcony.

    I knew there was a catch...
  6. hookedonhelping
    These rules.. being tolerant of other cultures and others beliefs.. it's a hard thing to wrap your mind around when you factor in the very basics of mankind, the right to exist.
  7. davestate
    You hear many people say to/about alcoholics, some variation on this statement: "it's just as easy as putting the bottle down, if you had a gun to your head, you quit!" This illustrates that it is simply not the case. 3 prior convictions, with punishments ranging from cash fines, jail to flogging (!) were still not enough of a deterrent to keep this man away from drink.

    What does that tell me? That prohibition, and the associated punishments, are not enough to stop people from drinking/drug taking, IE they don't work! Even the threat of death cannot dissuade people if they have an addiction.

    Iran punished this man 3 times, without offering him any help, support or options to change his life except the fear of more punishment. Judging by the length of time between the 1st 3 times he was punished and this latest conviction, he either (1) stayed sober or more likely (2) He got much more secretive and covert about his drinking, further isolating himself from any help.

    Pretty good illustration of why it seems asinine to jail people for being an addict and using illegal drugs, if you ask me
  8. Allupato
    Everyone drinks in Iran; at least in Tehran and the other large cities. I go over there for work 3 or 4 times a year and its super easy to get alcohol (black market of course) mostly Russian brands but occasionally you can find international name brands. Mostly consumed at private house parties or at least as far as I have witnessed anyway. But the alcohol is not the interesting part - the drug scene is off the charts. Ketamine, ice (crystal meth), E, MDMA, (really shitty) coke..... You name it and in movie scene quantities. The weed will blow your head off, opium is easy to source and the H pure as pure can be.

    Everyone is really chill, likes to party, don't care about the political bullshit except for the obvious fear of conflict and are highly educated and motivated. Nothing like the news in the west would you believe. Even being a westerner doesnt attract any attention from the cops or security forces - as long as you keep your head down and not draw attention to yourself, but that goes for pretty much any strange city you visit around the world. Oh, and the girls are suuuuuuper good looking and friendly. But those drug parties; my god the parties! :)
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