Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Jul 7, 2012 - 1:02:09 PM
At least 50 people have been arrested while under alcoholic effect during the past couple of months as a result of recently imposing a tight security measure on alcohol possession.
Yemen Ministery of interior implemented strict measures against alcohol possession
A security report issued by the minister of interior, which the Yemen Observer got hold of, said that the recent security tightness came as the ministry ordered checkpoints in capital and other provinces to impose strict measures on the possession of alcohol.
For the past two days, eight alcohol related cases were registered, the report said. An officer at the ministry said those arrested will be referred to the prosecution and then to the court for the punishment.
Reactions among youth interviewed varied. While some approve the measures, others were critical. Khalid Saif, attendees at a coffee shop in the capital, said the measures were the best thing achieved by the ministry: “That should have been in effect since a long time. It’s OK as long as they comply with Sharia [Islamic law].
”However, Saeed al-Taweel, a taxi driver, regarded the move as “hypocrisy”. “Why in the earth should they chase alcohol addicts while killers are on the run.”
Last month, a group of locals in the capital Sana’a attacked a restaurant that sells alcohol and closed the restaurant down.
The angry men were said to have been motivated by a Friday preach that called for closing down the restaurant for not “adhering to Sharia”, which prohibits selling and buying alcohol.
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