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Iranian man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child

July 12th, 2018 | Tags:
More than 100 offences are punishable by flogging under Iran's Islamic penal code. Photo: AFP
BBC News

Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for publicly flogging a man who was convicted of consuming alcohol when he was 14 or 15.

Local media published photographs of the man - identified only as "M R" - being given 80 lashes in a square in the eastern city of Kashmar on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he was arrested in the Iranian year of 1385 (March 2006-March 2007) and sentenced the next year.

It is not clear why the punishment was carried out more than 10 years later.

 

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