Sunday, June 13, 2004

Poison alcohol binge kills 13 in Free and Open Iran

: "Poison alcohol binge kills 13 in Islamic Iran


TEHRAN, June 12 (AFP) - Thirteen Iranians have died and 60 others have been poisoned after drinking alcohol laced with methanol apparently bought on the black market in the southern city of Shiraz, officials said Saturday.

An official from the southern city's university hospital, Mohammad Baqer Lankarani, told state television that 23 of those admitted for care were in a critical condition, 'and doctors are not very optimistic.'

Up to six of the victims have also reportedly been blinded.The production and consumption of alcohol has been banned in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Nevertheless, the making of potent home brews and the illegal import of booze is common in a country once known for its fine wines."

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