Jul 24, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Travel ban on violators

Tehran, July 24, IRNA - A judicial official has warned that the passports of pilgrims arrested for holding drugs will be revoked.

Hossien Zebhi, the deputy prosecutor general of Iran, said on Wednesday the detainees will also be banned from leaving the country for at least five years.

He said more than 1,500 were arrested over drug-related charges in the airports before leaving the country for minor Hajj pilgrimage since January 2014. More than 15 kg of different kinds of drugs were confiscated from the suspects.

He added nearly 800,000 pilgrims visited holy cities of Mecca and Medina for minor Hajj pilgrimage during the period.

According to the official, no Iranian pilgrims were arrested during the past two years in Saudi Arabia for drug-related offenses due to the close cooperation between the judiciary and security forces in the Iranian airports.