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IRAN: Prisoner Granted Medical Leave

IRAN: Prisoner Granted Medical Leave

Friends of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran are pleased to report that Maryam has been allowed home on medical furlough.

Maryam, who was previously granted medical furlough for a range of health issues in June 2016, returned to Evin Prison, Tehran on 27 June to continue serving a four-year prison sentence on charges of “acting against national security”.  She then started a hunger strike on 5 July to demand her immediate and unconditional release in view of the inadequate treatment of her health issues. She ended the hunger strike at the request of her family at the beginning of August.

Maryam’s health deteriorated considerably during the hunger strike; her blood pressure dropped, she had pains and numbness in her feet and also suffered psychological problems as a consequence of her imprisonment.

Prison officials examined Maryam on 20 July and provided a medical report confirming the seriousness of her condition, but her demand for release was denied at that time by an Iranian court at the request of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence.

Prison authorities allowed Maryam to go home on Sunday 28 August to receive medical treatment. It is hoped that on this occasion the medical furlough will be long enough for Maryam to receive adequate care.

Source: Middle East Concern

 Prayer Points

  • Pray Maryam will experience God’s healing presence and receive all the medical treatment she requires.
  • Pray that God will move the Iranian authorities and officials to act justly so that Maryam will be released unconditionally from prison.
  • Pray the Lord may be at work throughout Evin prison, strengthening the faith of those who love Him and revealing Himself to many others.

IRAN: Release of Christian Prisoner on Medical Furlough

Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran was granted temporary release from prison on 6 June to receive medical treatment.

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. 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 recognised the severity of her condition and advised that she needs hospital care.

On Thursday 26 May Maryam started a hunger strike as a protest against the lack of medical care for her. On 30 May Maryam was taken briefly to hospital, but was returned to prison the same day without receiving the necessary treatment. According to sources close to the family, Maryam’s physical condition was becoming increasingly serious and she was close to becoming comatose.

Maryam was arrested in January 2013 in connection with her work on an orphanage with former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini. She was charged with “acting against national security” and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, which she started serving on 15 July 2013 in the women’s ward of Evin Prison. A request for a re-trial was refused.

Source: Middle East Concern

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for this answer to prayer; pray that through this medical treatment Maryam will be completely restored to health. Pray for continued strength to endure.
  • Pray Maryam will be granted peace, inner strength and courage during this ongoing trial. Pray this recent mercy may be seen by Maryam as a blessing from the Lord.
  • Pray the authorities and other prisoners will act kindly towards Maryam and to each other. May the light of Christ permeate every part of Evin prison, to strengthen the faith of believers and to draw others to the Lord.

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