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Iranian Christian prisoner denied extension to medical leave


Prosecutor’s Office had refused to extend Maryam’s medical leave.
Prosecutor’s Office had refused to extend Maryam’s medical leave.

Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran (also known as 'Nasim') returned to the women’s ward of Evin prison in Teheran, Iran on Monday 27 June. The prosecutor’s office had refused to extend her medical leave, and, when they threatened to seize the family home (in payment of the 350 million toman bond given to secure her temporary release), Maryam submitted herself back to prison.

Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran a Christian convert, served a four year imprisonment on her connection with Christian activities.

Maryam had been released from Evin on temporary medical furlough on 6 June, following a hunger strike, which she had begun on 26 May. Maryam still has a year remaining of her four-year sentence.

Back in 2013, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran was hooked by the Iranian authorities. She was actively working with a former Christian prisoner Pastor Saeed Abedini, to assist orphans. She was charged with “acting against national security” and was awarded imprisonment of four years. She started serving her sentence in 2013 in the women’s ward of Evin Prison. Her family revealed that an appeal for a re-trial was refused.


Source: Church Central, Christians in Pakistan 2 June 2016