Alcohol consumption ( Photo: AP)
A prosecutor in Minya was suspended on Sunday and faces a judicial investigation after he ordered a man to receive 80 lashes for being drunk.
Prosecutor Hussein Aani said he ordered the lashes because two verses in the Quran call for the avoidance of alcohol, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.
Article 2 of Egypt's recently-approved constitution states Islamic Sharia law, which bans the consumption of alcohol, is the main source of legislation.
Last March, officials at the civil aviation ministry revealed they were considering banning the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free shops because it had received complaints that alcohol is against Islamic principles.
In December 2012, President Mohamed Morsi ordered an increase in taxes on alcoholic beer from 100 per cent (with a minimum of LE200 per 100 litres) to 200 percent (with a minimum of LE400 per 100 litres). He backed down on his decision after public criticism.
A recent report in The Economist magazine said alcohol consumption in Islamic countries in the Middle East and North Africa had risen by 72 percent between 2001 and 2011, compared to a global average increase of 30 percent.