Iranian authorities released Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian, from prison after she served a four year sentence. She was arrested in 2013 for “security violations” after helping Pastor Saeed Abedini with an orphanage. Her ordeal in prison was a grueling experience as she was denied desperately needed medical attention for a heart condition called Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Only after having a heart attack did the authorities send her to a hospital. Throughout her sentence, she resorted to hunger strikes, protesting the lack of medical attention. Her cries for medical aid were mostly denied. The only time medical leave was given, authorities added six weeks to her sentence. She needs our prayers as her time in prison has left its mark.
08/03/2017 Iran (CBN News) – Iranian authorities released Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian, from prison after she served a four year sentence for “security violations.”
She was sentenced in 2013, for “propagating against the Islamic regime and collusion intended to harm national security,” according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
Her ordeal was a hard one.
Zargaran, 39, was often denied vital medical attention needed for a heart condition called atrial septal defect (ASD).
In September 2013, just over two months after she began her sentence, Zargaran had what may have been a heart attack and was sent to a hospital for treatment. Later, she was returned to Evin prison.
Throughout her sentence, she resorted to hunger strikes, protesting the lack of medical attention.
Although she was granted medical leaves, authorities added an additional six weeks to her sentence.
What’s more, at least one requested extension on a leave was denied.
In 2016, her family claims her ordeal left her depressed.
That same year, Amnesty International highlighted her case as an example of Iranian prisons denying inmates medical treatment.
Officials questioned her in 2010 because of her work with house churches.
In 2013, she was arrested after working with Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American, at an orphanage.