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Iranian police arrest 16 at party for mixed dancing, drinking alcohol

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian police arrested 16 men and women at a mixed-gender party in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reports.

Such parties are illegal under Iranian law. Drinking alcohol is also illegal and Muslim men and women who are not related cannot mingle or dance together in public.

The Tasnim report quotes a local prosecutor, Khalilollah Barzanuni, as saying that the 16 were detained while they were dancing at a party in a villa in Golbahar, a neighborhood in the city of Golmakan.

Barzanuni also says they drank alcohol and disrespected a Muslim commemoration during the holy month of Ramadan. Shiites in Iran today mark the death of the first Shiite, Imam Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.

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