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Christian Convert Released from Prison in Iran after 4 Years

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Aug 08
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A Christian convert from Islam has been released from prison in Iran where she had been held for four years.

Mission Network News reports that Maryam Nagash Zargaran was charged with being a danger to national security and imprisoned four years ago.

She was kept in Iran’s Evin Prison, which is known for its harsh conditions. This was the same prison where Saeed Abedini was kept.

A spokesperson for Global Catalytic Ministries commented on the prison’s abysmal conditions:

“Historically when people have come out of that particular prison, it literally takes them months to recover physically — partly due to torture and beatings, but also because of just the lack of sanitary conditions and then the food, etc. It’s a tough place to come out of.”

Zargaran was in poor health before being imprisoned, but now that she has been released, her physical ailments are revealed to be even worse. She was reportedly beaten in the prison--once until her leg was broken. She also has suffered mentally.

In addition to these hardships, Zargaran engaged in hunger strikes to protest her unjust imprisonment.

Another spokesperson for GCM said that Zargaran’s case, although horrific, is unfortunately not unique. Christians in Iran often suffer persecution in the forms of discrimination, torture, imprisonment, and sometimes death.

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Publication date: August 8, 2017