Christian Prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, Remains in Prison for Christmas

Iranian judicial authorities have refused Maryam Naghash Zargaran’s plea for temporary release.

Mohabat News – Just one week after the Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran was summoned to prison following her medical leave, Tehran’s general prosecutor turned down her plea for temporary release.

Ms. Zargaran went on a medical leave on November 27, 2016. While she was on the leave she received an extension and was told to stay out of prison until she was summoned to prison again. She was summoned to prison and she returned there on December 6, 2016.

As she entered the prison, she was told she was late returning to prison and that she had been sentenced to an additional 45 days in prison. She has now been told that her plea for temporary release has been turned down as well.

In this regards, David Turner the Director of the Church in Chains, an Ireland-based group advocating for the persecuted Christians around the world told VOA, that the they are very concerned for Ms. Zargaran and called on Evin prison authorities to treat her with fairness and provide her with the critical medical attention she needs.

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David Turner added, sentencing an ill woman to an additional 45 days is not fair. It is even retaliatory.

He stated that Church in Chains is working to send a letter to Islamic Republic of Iran’s embassy in Ireland, expressing their concern over the imprisonment of Ms. Zargaran.

Ms. Zargaran has gone on hunger strikes a number of times so authorities would consider her temporary release, but so far she has had no success. She has been in prison since July 19, 2013.

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Maryam Naghash Zargaran suffers from a number of diseases, including a heart condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD), for which she underwent surgery years ago. Conditions in prison have further affected Ms. Zargaran’s health. Mental, as well as physical pressure in prison has caused chronic joint pain in her hands, feet and spinal cord. Medical doctors in prison have diagnosed her with osteoporosis, arthritis and lumbar disc disease.