Par­lia­ment passes Iraq booze ban

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Or­gan­is­ers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say that a worker has died in a “workre­lated” in­ci­dent at a sta­dium build­ing site. No fur­ther de­tails of the cause of the death at the Wakrah Sta­dium on Satur­day were re­leased. The Supreme Com­mit­tee tasked with build­ing World Cup sites did not name the worker or pro­vide his na­tion­al­ity. Qatar is re­ly­ing heav­ily on mi­grant work­ers from South Asia to build in­fra­struc­ture for the World Cup and labour con­di­tions in the coun­try have been reg­u­larly crit­i­cised by rights groups. At least three work­ers have pre­vi­ously died on World Cup build­ing sites but Qatar said the deaths were not work-re­lated. But World Cup or­gan­is­ers an­nounced on their web­site that “it is with deep re­gret we an­nounce a work-re­lated fa­tal­ity on one of our projects. Fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on Al Wakrah Sta­dium on Satur­day morn­ing, a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way to de­ter­mine the fac­tors which con­trib­uted to the death of one of our work­ers”. The state­ment added that “au­thor­i­ties were im­me­di­ately in­formed and the fam­ily of the de­ceased have been no­ti­fied. We of­fer them all the nec­es­sary sup­port they may need at such a dif­fi­cult time”. Iraq’s par­lia­ment has passed a law for­bid­ding the im­port, pro­duc­tion or sell­ing of al­co­holic bev­er­ages. The bill passed late on Satur­day im­poses a fine of up to 25 mil­lion Iraqi di­nars (Dhs65,000) for any­one vi­o­lat­ing the ban. Is­lam for­bids the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol, but it has al­ways been avail­able in Iraq’s larger cities, mainly from shops run by Chris­tians. Those shops are cur­rently closed be­cause of the Shia holy month of Muhar­ram. Iraq’s par­lia­ment is dom­i­nated by Shia par­ties. The leg­is­la­tion was pro­posed by Mah­moud Al Has­san, a judge and law­maker from the State of Law coali­tion, the largest bloc in par­lia­ment. The assem­bly an­nounced the ban on its web­site. It did not say how many law­mak­ers voted for or against it.

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