Iraq Officially Bans Alcohol Sales & Import

Towards the end of last February, Iraq officially put a ban on alcohol. The ban includes beverage sales, imports, and manufacturing, additionally, anyone violating the newly implemented law will face a fine ranging between ten million dinars (6.85 thousand USD) and 25 million dinars (approximately 17.14 thousand USD).

Prior to the ban, Iraq was a known source of alcohol for its affordable pricing, especially in areas under the control of the Syrian government. Over the last couple of days, however, the legislation has garnered criticism from rights activists and lawmakers representing Iraq’s non-Muslim communities, with Baghdad estate agent Sarmad Abbas stating, ” the ban would merely push alcohol sales onto the black market.”

Arabian Business has also reported that Syrian and Turkish towns have been creating a lucrative alcoholic production that is certainly growing through Iraqi outlets.

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