Baku, Azerbaijan, July 1
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
A judiciary official of the Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars province said since the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan (which started June 18), some 500 people have been arrested around the city for breaking their fasting regulations.
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said in the meantime 2500 people were given verbal advice to observe Ramadan regulations.
He said the 500 people were arrested by the police or Basij members, adding that 20 people were warned of prosection, while the rest were to be given verdicts within 24 hours, ISNA news agency reported July 1.
The source did not mention the verdicts, however last year two people in Shiraz were lashed for breaking the fasting regulations.
Other reports indicated that people also have been arrested for breaking regulations in public and in cars.
It is said that according to the law in Iran, people who break their fasts in public are liable to between 10 to 60 days in prison or 74 lashes.