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The Turkish parliament has approved controversial legislation to ban the sale and advertising of alcohol.
The Islamist-rooted ruling AK party says the law will protect the population, particularly young people, from the harmful effects of alcohol.
Critics say it is a new move to impose an Islamic agenda on a secular, though predominantly Muslim, country.
The law bans the sale of alcoholic drinks between 22:00 and 06:00 and bans producers from sponsoring events.
To take effect, the law must be signed by President Abdullah Gul, but the politician – a member of the ruling AKP – is expected to do so soon.
Diageo Plc, the world’s largest distiller of alcoholic beverages, has expressed concern about the legislation.
In 2011, Diageo bought Mey Icki, a producer of the traditional Turkish spirit raki, for $2.1 billion.
Diageo Plc said this week it had bought the company in the belief it was investing in a country “that encouraged foreign investment”.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who does not drink or smoke, said recently that ayran, a non-alcoholic yoghurt drink, was the “national drink” of the Turks
In other points of the new law:
- Alcohol sales will be prohibited within 100 metres (yards) of mosques and schools
- Images of alcoholic drinks will have to be blurred on television – something that is already done for cigarettes
- There will be stricter penalties for drink-driving, with drunken drivers with a blood alcohol level above 0.1% facing up to two years’ imprisonment
- All liquor bottles will have to display warning signs about the harm of alcohol
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who does not drink or smoke, said recently that ayran, a non-alcoholic yoghurt drink, was the “national drink” of the Turks.
AKP politician Lutfu Elva, head of the planning and budget commission, defended the law, saying similar restrictions were in place in Scandinavian countries.
But Musa Cam, an MP from the main opposition party, the CHP, said: “No one can be forced to drink or not to drink. This is a religious and ideological imposition.”
Quoted in an article in Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Musa Cam said: “This is not a struggle against the ills of alcohol but an attempt to redesign the society according to their [AK party] beliefs and lifestyle.”
Hasip Kaplan, a Kurdish MP, warned the law would hurt tourism, which “can’t recover easily once collapsed”, the state-run Anatolia news agency reports.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were arrested early on Friday morning in Atlanta, Georgia, for disorderly conduct and DUI, respectively.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, was jailed along with James Toth, 42, after he failed to pass a sobriety test.
The city’s Department of Corrections confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and James Toth arrested after Toth was stopped by a patrol car under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
James Toth mugshot
Reese Witherspoon mugshot
According to a police report which was released on Sunday, Reese Witherspoon was handcuffed and briefly jailed for refusing to obey orders given to her by an officer of the law.
James Toth was also put under arrest for a blood alcohol level reported to be .139, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were released on bail at 3:30 in the morning on Friday.
Before their release, they both posed for mugshots.
Reese Witherspoon, who is currently brunette, is pictured looking down with what appears to be a slight smirk across her face.
Meanwhile, James Toth looks up to the camera in his picture, appearing somewhat glassy-eyed.
Their initial legal hearing for their arrests is set for Monday morning in the Atlanta Municipal court.
But according to Variety, Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are not expected to report to the judge at their court ordered appearance and are anticipated to, through their attorney, request a postponement.
Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after allegedly resisting the orders of a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday night.
Reese Witherspoon, 37, was jailed along with husband CAA agent James Toth after he failed to pass a sobriety test.
The city’s Department of Corrections confirmed that Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were arrested after Toth was stopped by a patrol car under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to a police report obtained by Variety, Reese Witherspoon was handcuffed and briefly jailed for refusing to obey orders given to her by an officer of the law.
Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after James Toth was handcuffed for DUI
James Toth, 42, was also put under arrest for a blood alcohol level reported to be .139, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth were released on bail at 3:30 in the morning on Friday.
Their initial legal hearing is set for Monday morning in the Atlanta Municipal court.
According to Variety, Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are not expected to report to the judge at their court ordered appearance and are anticipated to, through their attorney, request a postponement.
Reese Witherspoon and James Toth are currently residing in Atlanta to shoot Reese’s new movie The Good Lie.
James Toth was apprehended after midnight on Friday for recklessly weaving across Peachtree Street, in the city of Atlanta.
The police report alleges that he smelled of alcohol and appeared “disheveled”.
After pulling the DUI suspect over, the sobriety test was conducted in a Walgreens parking lot.
Reese Witherspoon is said to have been warned to remain inside her vehicle, while her husband was subjected to the DUI test.
The officer on the scene claims that Reese Witherspoon became clearly agitated and eventually disobeyed his verbal commands.
The officer reported: “Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer.”
The law enforcer explained in the report: “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
But once James Toth was handcuffed, the mother-of-three disembarked from her seat, telling the officer that she was a “US citizen” and that she had the right to “stand on American ground”.
The report then described how Reese Witherspoon resisted him as he grabbed her arms to arrest her.
James Toth is said to have made a verbal attempt to calm his hysterical wife.
The officer’s report further details: “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, <<Do you know my name?>> I answered, <<No, I don’t need to know your name>>. I then added, <<right now>>. Mrs. Witherspoon stated, <<You’re about to find out who I am>>.”
According to the arresting officer: “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, <<You are going to be on national news>>. I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”
James Toth is said to be facing charges for DUI and failure to stay within his lane while on the road.
While Reese Witherspoon’s alleged violation is “disorderly conduct (obstruction)”, which falls under municipal ordinance.
Gerard Depardieu emerged from a police station in Paris on Friday morning, where he was held overnight after getting arrested for driving the scooter while drunk, according to reports.
Dressed in a sleeveless white shirt, Gerard Depardieu, 63, was well enough to jump back onto the vehicle and drive himself home following the overnight stay at the police station.
Reuters reports that Gerard Depardieu was held for questioning after he fell from his scooter mid-afternoon, slightly injuring his elbow.
No-one else was hurt in the accident.
Agence France-Presse is reporting that when police arrived at the scene and tested Gerard Depardieu, he showed a blood alcohol level of 1.8 grams per litre, well above the French limit for driving of 0.5.
Gerard Depardieu was detained and brought to a police station where he could face misdemeanor charges “after a period of sobering up”, the source told the French news agency.
Gerard Depardieu emerged from a police station in Paris on Friday morning, where he was held overnight after getting arrested for driving the scooter while drunk
And it’s not the first motor incident for the beloved French star this year.
One of France’s best-known actors for roles in more than a hundred films, Gerard Depardieu recently grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons again.
Just a few months ago a car driver filed a legal complaint for assault and battery against Gerard Depardieu following an altercation in Paris.
The motorist filed a complaint with the local prosecutor’s office in August accusing the star of assault and battery following the alleged incident in the capital’s Sixth Arrondissement, near the Saint Sulpice Church.
After Gerard Depardieu’s scooter allegedly collided with the unnamed driver, an argument ensued.
The motorist claimed Gerard Depardieu punched him in the face, leaving him injured.
An official from the prosecutor’s office said: “There was a confrontation and the driver filed a complaint.”
Bobby Brown has been released from jail on $5,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles.
According to the booking sheet, Bobby Brown, 43, was pulled over Reseda, California at 12:20 PM PST.
While the police documents simply list the crime as a misdemeanor, TMZ reports that Bobby Brown’s blood alcohol level was over 0.08 and he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
After being arrested Bobby Brown was taken to Van Nuys jail when he was booked in at 1:22 PM PST.
The singer was later released on bail after the $5,000 was paid.
Bobby Brown is said to have been drunk at the time of his arrest, with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
“We observed intoxication once Mr. Brown was pulled over,” Officer Tiana Reed told RadarOnline.com.
“We put him through four sobriety tests, none of which he passed. He was arrested at 12:20 p.m. and booked into the Van Nuys jail.”
Bobby Brown already has a DUI conviction, being arrested in Georgia back in 1996
The late Whitney Houston’s ex-husband already has a DUI conviction.
Bobby Brown was arrested in Georgia back in 1996.
He eventually pleaded guilty to DUI and served eight days in jail.
This new incident comes amidst reports that Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were planning to remarry.
A source close to the couple, Derrick Handspike told the National Enquirer: “Bobby told me, <<The world may have thought we were history, but the reality is we were never really apart. We’ve never stopped loving each other.>>”
Derrick Handspike also said that Bobby Brown, who is engaged to Alicia Etheridge, told him: “I could have saved her! If I had been with Whitney, she never would have died in that hotel bathtub. I would have never left her alone!”
It’s claimed that Bobby Brown father’s death drew the estranged couple back together, and they were pictured enjoying dinner together in LA with their 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina with daughter just a couple of nights before Whitney Houston’s death.