Maryam Naghash Zargaran on the 26th Day of Hunger Strike

Posted on: 30th July, 2016
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Maryam Naghash Zargaran

HRANA News Agency – The mental and physical condition of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, Christian convert is not good on the 26th day of her hunger strike in Evin prison. Ms. Zargaran suffers from “severe depression”, her blood pressure is very low and she suffers from pain and numbness in her legs. Although the coroner has confirmed her heart disease, the security institutions are preventing her from having parole.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the mental and physical condition of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, Christian convert is not good on the 26th day of her hunger strike in Evin prison.

A close source to the family of Naghash Zargaran after announcing this news in an interview with HRANA’s reporter, regarding her mental and physical situation said: “Maryam’s family visited her recently. Her blood pressure was 70 on 50. The psychologist told her that she was suffering from severe depression. On the other hand her legs, from the knees towards her toes are numb.”

However, recently when Zargaran family had gone to the prosecutor’s office, they found out the coroner had approved that she was suffering from heart disease. The prosecutor had told them: “We cannot do anything; the Intelligence Ministry is preventing her parole.”

It is worth noting that the mother of this ill prisoner had demanded her immediate and unconditional freedom.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran has gone on hunger strike again since July 5, her demand is “unconditional freedom”. The first four days of her hunger strike were in solidarity with Narges Mohammadi who had gone on hunger strike on protest to lack of permission to call her children.

On July 10, Ms. Naghash Zargaran published a letter with the title of “It is the time to break my three year of silence” on the sixth day of her hunger strike and spoke about her arrest and illegal interrogation and emphasized on the continues injustices in her case.

Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, was sent to furlough from Evin Prison on the eleventh day of her hunger strike on June 6. She broke her hunger strike by the requests of her family and friends without reaching all her demands. And then went back to Evin prison midway through her treatment as attorney general refused to extend her furlough and threatened to confiscate the bail collateral.

Nasim Zargaran has been diagnosed with ASD and had a heart operation 9 years ago and needs constant medical care. Besides, her hands and legs get numb and she suffers from chronic joints and spine pain during last year. She was ordered to have 5 days of hospitalization and immediate physiotherapy sessions which was denied by the prosecutor and she is still suffering from the pain. Ms. Zargaran has also been diagnosed with severe anemia, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol after the arrest, but due to rejection of her requests, the treatments have been halted.

Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran was summoned to intelligence office for the first time in February 2011 and was interrogated. These interrogations which were accompanied by threatening and harassing her family members and happened in unofficial locations, continued around the subject of home churches.

Finally, she was summoned by the security police on the phone and was arrested, Saeid Abedini, Iranian-American citizen who came back to Iran for foundation of an orphanage in North of Iran was arrested, too. On the same day her father’s house was investigated by the police and her books, religious pamphlets and personal accessories were seized.

She was transferred to Evin prison in order to be finger printed and then transferred to Vozara building without any charges. She was kept there for 5 days and nights with minimum facilities for living and was interrogated there. The main topic of the interrogations was home-churches, reason of increasing number of them, their members and quality of rituals in these churches.

Ms. Zargaran was transferred to Evin prison and in branch number 2 of Shahid Moghadas charged with propaganda against the regime.

After 19 days of being under temporary arrest, she was released on the bail of 700 million IRR. She was sentenced to 4 years in prison in branch number 28 of the revolutionary court by judge Moghiseh, on charge of collusion and acts against the national security. This is while she never had a hearing about this allegation.