Iran: Jailed Christian convert freed on medical grounds

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A Christian convert released from prison based on health issues. Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran a Christian convert, served a four year imprisonment on her connection with Christian activities. She was released by the Iranian authorities on June 6, Monday. Her release was welcomed by her family and friends and Christians across the country.

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Despite her release, there are concerns about her security and future. Middle East Concern (MEC) an advocacy group stated, “Maryam, a believer from a Muslim background, has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison in Tehran and has been suffering from a variety of ailments, most recently nausea, severe headaches and pain in her ears.”

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“Previously the prosecutor’s office had refused to grant permission for Maryam to be treated outside the prison, even though the medical authorities in the prison recognized the severity of her condition and advised that she needs hospital care,” MEC added.

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.