The Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of the northeastern city of Tabas said that “tourists” were lashed today for drinking alcohol on a tour, the IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency said.
“According to article 264 and 265 in the Islamic Penal Code, (drinking alcohol) is punishable by 80 lashes, which was carried out today in this case,” Amir Zare’ Hosseini said without specifying how many people were lashed.
“On Friday January 31, a number of people drank alcohol on a tour in Tabas,” he said adding that they had “confessed” to their “crime”.
The Prosecutor, who is cleric, stressed that while tourism was good for the economy, tourists “had to follow the laws of the Islamic Republic including the hijab and Islamic culture and refrain from breaking the norms.”
The Tabas Prosecutor claimed that more than one and half liters of alcohol was found in the bus carrying the tourists.
“In the existing videos, a person was drinking alcohol and after legal procedures were carried out, the verdict was issued and since the defendant did not protest, the sentence was carried out,” Hosseini added.
The whole “legal procedure” and sentence implementation was carried out in less than five hours.
“If a person intends to break the norms, similar to today’s case which was seen to in less than five hours, they will be dealt with, with the same speed, severity and decisive manner,” he said.
More than 100 “offences” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offences include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud. They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations.
According to another report, 60 people were arrested in a private mixed gender party in the northern Iran.
The ROKNA state-run News Agency said in a short report that the 60 men and women were mostly young and were dancing in the party at night in a village in Khoshk-e Bijar. The report said that the partygoers were referred to judicial authorities.
The regime randomly attacks private mixed gender parties across the country and arrests party-goers in an utter disregard for the privacy of its citizens.
The Iranian regime mobilizes all its forces to crack down on civil liberties. Hundreds of people have been detained in private mixed gender parties in the past year.