At least 14 people have died as a result of consuming counterfeit alcohol in the northern Iranian province of Alborz, the portal of Radio Free Europe reported on Sunday. One law enforcement official said the death toll could be higher.
Another 120 people suffering from symptoms of alcohol poisoning were taken to hospitals, Radio Wolna Europa reported. Authorities determined that the victims had consumed industrial alcohol sold by a deodorant factory operating in Alborz province.
One justice official said the death toll could be higher because some of those who drank the poisonous substance were likely to have died at home, Radio Free Europe wrote.
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, which resulted in Iran became a religious republic, alcohol is banned in this country. There are fines and punishment for consuming it. Despite the ban, many Iranians buy foreign alcoholic beverages on the black market or produce them at home.
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