Death sentence for boozing
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Tehran - An Iranian teenager was sentenced to death by a Tehran court for repeated boozing, an official newspaper said on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, identified only as Davoud, had already been arrested twice and whipped after being caught drinking alcohol, a practice outlawed since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
A court in Shahre Rey in southern Tehran sentenced him to death, as required by the country's strict Islamic laws for a third drinking violation, the Iran newspaper reported.
The judge has referred the case to the head of the conservative-dominated judiciary to consider commuting Davoud's sentence after the teenager admitted his errors and promised to give up his drinking habit.
Although possession of alcoholic beverages is illegal in Iran, drinking has been on the rise in the past few years, with authorities and volunteer militias regularly seizing large quantities of drink.
A year ago, a judiciary official said that authorities had seized a million bottles of alcohol around the country in one month.
Punishments for possession of alcohol include large fines, spells in jail and flogging. - Sapa-AFP