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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Bootleg distillery in Al Laqta shut down during night raid

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Police have arrested two expats for selling home-made liquor after raiding a villa in the Al Laqta area one recent evening, media reports state.

The men, described as “Asian,” were apprehended amid large plastic drums and a stockpile of empty plastic bottles that police said were used to operate the distillery, the Peninsula states.

The expats, who have been referred to the public prosecutor, have confessed to the crime and said their customers were mainly “Asian nationals,” Gulf Times reports.

Though alcohol is available for purchase at select locations in Qatar throughout the year, the country goes dry in Ramadan, and hotels pull alcohol from their bars and minibars.

Qatar Distribution Company, the only licensed retail outlet where liquor can be purchased for home consumption, is closed during the month, but even when open is available only to expats whose salary is above a certain threshold.

Credit: Photo by jazzijava

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