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03/03/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Mary Fatemeh Mohammadi, a Iranian Christian who was recently released on bail from an Iranian prison, had her court hearing delayed on Monday March 2 for undisclosed reasons. Mary used her social media on Monday for the first time since her arrest on January 12. In a tweet she commented saying “I am grateful for all of you dear friends who have been concerned and followed with situation.” She concluded noting that she could not indicate the cause but that the court hearing had been delayed. No date has yet been set. Some reports have indicated that the hearing could have been postponed in part due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mary was recently released on bail on February 27 after her family raised the $2,250 necessary to bail her out, which is within the range of an annual salary in Iran’s current economy. She was originally imprisoned in January following a protest where she was charged with “actions against national security”.

She spent over one month in prison. A recent UN report on Iran noted that Iran’s prisons were nearly 28% above capacity. Qarchak, where Mary was held with around 2,000 other prisoners, has been sanctioned by the US for “gross human rights violations”.

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