Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, AFP reported. The new law cements Iraq’s national religion as being Islam, at the expense of all the other religions in that country. The Iraq constitution already forbids legislation that contradicts Islam.
The law was passed as Iraq’s biggest military operation has been on its way, to defeat the ISIS in the city of Mosul, near the Syrian border.
Christian MP Yonadam Kanna told AFP on Saturday that “every violation of this law incurs a fine of 10 million to 25 million dinars ($8,000 to $20,000).” He said he plans to appeal the law in Iraq’s federal court.
Iraq has a homegrown industry satisfying the local market’s need for beer and Arak.