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ICC Note: The latest update on Iranian Christian prisoner Maryam Zargaran. She has been sent back to prison before her medical treatment was properly completed, for the second time since her imprisonment. Maryam suffers from many health issues including a chronic heart disorder. She was released on June 6 for temporary medical leave after an 11 day hunger strike in prison. On June 19th she was ordered back to her cell, long before she could fully recover.

06/30/2016 Iran (ACLJ): Maryam Naghash Zargaran has for the second time been sent back to prison before her medical treatment could be completed, after the prosecutor’s office refused to extend her medical leave.

On 6 June, she had been granted temporary release from prison, but on 19 June the authorities demanded she return.

Her family applied for an extension, but their appeal was refused and she returned to prison yesterday (27 June). Zargaran was also granted medical treatment in October 2015 and forced to return before it could be completed.

Original report (1 June):

An Iranian Christian serving a four-year jail term for “acting against national security” has gone on hunger strike to protest against the prison’s refusal to allow her to receive treatment for long-standing health issues.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a convert from Islam, is nearly three years into her sentence at Tehran’s Evin prison. She was originally arrested in January 2013, in connection with her work at an orphanage alongside Saeed Abedini, who was also imprisoned, but eventually released in January this year.

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