Iranian pair face death penalty after third alcohol offence. Two people previously lashed 160 times for consuming alcohol, which is forbidden under Islamic Sharia law. Two Iranians have been sentenced to death for persistent consumption of alcohol under the country's Islamic Sharia law, which forbids the use, manufacturing and trading of all types of alcoholic drinks. The two, who have not been named by the authorities, have each previously been lashed 160 times after twice being arrested for consuming alcohol. Being convicted for the third time makes them liable for the death penalty.