Bootleg kills three in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media reported that at least three men have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in northern Iran.

Yesterday’s report by the semi-official Fars news agency said 14 others have been hospitalised in serious condition.

Prosecutor in the city of Karaj Reza Shakarami said the poisonings, which happened on Tuesday, are under investigation.

Occasionally, Iranian media report on deaths caused by bootleg alcoholic beverages. In 2017, alcohol poisoning killed three and hospitalised 48 in southern Iran.

Since 2014, Iran has opened scores of alcohol rehabilitation centres.

Homemade brews are available cheaply on the black market even though drinking alcohol is illegal in Iran.