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Persecuted Christians: Maryam Naghash Zargaran

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a persecuted Iranian Christian (Photo: facebook)

This month's persecuted Christian is an Iranian woman currently imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison. Mohabat News tells us about Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a convert from Islam who has been arrested and held because of practicing her Christian faith:

She has been in prison for her faith for more than 30 months in the women’s ward of Evin prison. She was initially summoned to the intelligence office for questioning in February 2011. The subject of these interrogations was her involvement in house-church activities and this was usually accompanied by harassment of her family. Eventually she was summoned to the intelligence office and arrested, a few days after Pastor Saeed Abedini’s arrest. Pastor Abedini is an Iranian American pastor who was arrested during his visit to Iran to help establish an orphanage in northern Iran.

Also, Ms. Zargaran’s house was raided the same day as her arrest. Security authorities thoroughly searched her house and confiscated her Christian books and articles along with other personal belongings. Immediately after her arrest, she was moved to Evin prison for fingerprinting and then admitted to Vozara detention center without being officially charged. She was kept there for five days with little to no access to hygiene where she was interrogated regularly. Most questions during interrogation sessions were related to the rapid growth of their house church, asking about people who attended their services and how the services were conducted.

Later on, she was officially charged with “Propaganda against the Islamic regime”, in Branch 2 of Shahid Moghadas Court House and then transferred to Evin prison...

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