Iran arrests four over bootleg alcohol deaths — media

Iranian authorities have arrested four people on suspicion of selling contaminated bootleg alcohol that killed at least three people, Iranian media reports.

The sale and consumption of alcohol has been banned in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, leading to a huge illicit trade in bootleg products, some of them adulterated with poisonous methanol.

“Three people have died of alcohol poisoning due to the consumption of counterfeit beverages,” says Saber Jafari, prosecutor for the city of Maku in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.

“Twenty people with symptoms of alcohol poisoning have been transferred to the city’s Fajr Hospital,” Jafari tells the Fars news agency.

He says four people have been arrested and an investigation is underway.

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