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Tehran security body intent on stopping public floggings - ISNA
Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA -- Tehran Security Council has stepped in to stop a wave of public floggings which have become routine over the past months in the capital and other cities, the student news agency ISNA reported Tuesday.

"From now on any court order for public flogging would have to be reviewed by the provincial security council (led by reformist Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari)," the agency quoted Ali Ta'ali, director-general for security affairs at the Tehran governor-general's office, as saying.

"Our reports show the recent whippings have had an adverse effect both domestically and internationally," he told ISNA, adding, "It is not in our interests to carry out a sentence without evaluating its social and political impact."

"As we face charges of human rights violations, if floggings are filmed and shown publicly, it could cause political problems for us," Ta'ali said.

He noted that the punishment had the reverse effect and created public sympathy for offenders being flogged.

Public whippings, which had become rare here and in other major cities, have increased recently and are generally imposed on youths accused of having consumed alcohol or drugs.

The reformist Islamic Revolution's Mujahideen Organization party on Saturday condemned public floggings of young people in Tehran, arguing they harmed the Islamic regime's image around the world.

"The flogging of youths, which had become common practice in Tehran public places, are beginning to spark reactions from the population and harm the regime's image on the international scene", IRMO said in a statement.

It stressed that Mousavi-Lari recently claimed he was not informed of the latest floggings, and was "opposed to such practices on public places in Tehran."

More cases of public floggings in Tehran: Paper

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA -- Fourteen young boys and three young girls were flogged in public late last week for having participated in depraved parties and other gatherings where alcoholic drinks were served and for harassing women in the streets, the daily Norouz reported Wednesday.

It said the teenagers received 70 lashes each in the district of Shahrak-e Qods in northern Tehran where.

"Police agents stopped youth passing the street to encourage them to watch the floggings and learn a lesson," Norouz quoted a witness as saying.

The flogging in Shahrak-e Qods is the sixth of its kind that have particularly hit the northern and eastern parts of Tehran since the start of this month.

Public flogging, an ancient form of punishment, had become rare in Iranian society but has since been revived to punish moral infractions, particularly alcohol or drug consumption where the youth figure prominently.

Alcohol is banned under Islamic law, but non-Muslim minorities are allowed to drink in their private circles in the country.

Dealers are, from time to time, nabbed by police in various parts of the country and their alcoholic wares confiscated or destroyed.

A report by the student news agency ISNA on Tuesday said the Tehran Security Council has stepped in to stop a new wave of public floggings which has been reintroduced into Iranian society, particularly Tehran.

"From now on any court order for public flogging would have to be reviewed by the provincial security council (led by reformist Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari)," the agency quoted Ali Ta'ali, director-general for security affairs at the Tehran governor-general's office, as saying.

The reformist Islamic Revolution's Mujahideen Organization on Saturday condemned public floggings of young people in Tehran, arguing they harmed the Islamic regime's image abroad.

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