Tehran, Iran, Oct. 25 â€“ A 22-year-old man from the town of Varamin, southern Tehran, was street-paraded and sentenced to lashes for instigating trouble, a semi-official daily wrote on Monday.
The young man, only identified as Hashem M. (a.k.a. Hashem Sagi), was accused of â€œcausing troubleâ€, drinking alcohol, disrupting national security, and taking part in scuffles, the daily Kayhan wrote.
It quoted the Varamin Policeâ€™s intelligence deputy as saying, â€œIn accordance with the urgent plan to increase national security, which is going on from October 10 to November 9, seditious elements in this town are being rounded upâ€. The individuals are ordered by a court to be paraded in streets by police so that it â€œteaches a lesson to other such trouble-makersâ€.
Hashem was also sentenced to 74 lashes, three years in prison, and five years in exile by a Varamin court, the townâ€™s police intelligence chief said.