Maryam Naghash Zargaran’s Furlough Won’t be Extended

Posted on: 28th June, 2016
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Maryam Naghash Zargaran

HRANA News Agency – On June 19, Tehran’s prosecutor’s office has refused the extended medical leave of Maryam Naghash Zargaran, former imprisoned Christian in women’s ward of Evin prison although she needs further treatments. By regard to this, she should show up in the prison soon.  Ms. Zargaran had been sent to medical leave after eleven days of hunger strike. She has written a letter in this regard and her status which was provided for HRANA.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on June 19, Tehran’s prosecutor’s office has refused to extend the medical leave of Maryam Naghash Zargaran who had been sent to medical furlough after eleven days of hunger strike on June 6. They even have said that she was absent for a week so she must pay a fine, too.

A source close to Naghash Zargaran family by announcing the news in an interview with HRANA’s reporter said: “On June 19, Maryam’s mother went to the prosecutor but he refused to extend the medical leave. He said to her that her daughter was absent for a week and she must show up in the prison.”

The source stressed: “This is while Maryam has been in Hospital on the night of June 19 and did not have a good physical condition.”

Ms. Zargaran has written in her letter: “I am spending the greenest moments of my life while the most difficult violence is being committed against me. When I started the hunger strike on May 26, I did not drink water for 4 days and I lost my power, I felt that I was alone in my way and no one would be with me, just hours before the meeting on Sunday I knew it would be finished.

All were now getting to see the family, I had fever as if the fire would come out of me. My tongue was dry in my mouth. The meeting moment came and I could not even walk and then I realized that they were going to refuse the meet and protest to ignoring me.

After a while, but still no one came, I was waiting that my jaw started shaking then I did not understand anything anymore when I was sober in the clinic prison, I spoke with one of the officials by telephone and said that if he would come to prison and listen to me, I would drink water. His reply was: ‘It does not matter whether you end your hunger strike or not, because we have other activities too and should go to other wards and I will probably come on Tuesday.” I lost my power again, they wanted to hospitalize me but I refused and they told me to announce the issue in writing, then stated in indifference that ‘We are not responsible neither religiously nor legally and from this moment on what happens to her is her business.’

I passed out again and they took me to the hospital. I again returned to prison by refusing any treatment.”

HRANA had reported that Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, political prisoner of women’s ward of Evin prison, who had gone on hunger strike in protest to the lack of attention to her diseases, her case and opposition to her requests of parole and furlough since May 25, 2016, was urgently taken to a hospital but was returned to the prison without treatment in a state of unconsciousness on May 29, 2016.

It should be noted that the Christian prisoner refused to go to the visit on May 29, 2016. Following this action most of the others in the ward also refused to go to the visit in support of his appeal.

HRANA had reported previously that Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, political prisoner of women’s ward of Evin prison has constant dizziness and pain in her ear. The doctors in prison’s clinic had told her after primary treatment that she should have not moved her head for two weeks, and if the condition would have remained the same, she would have to undergo a surgery. This is while the prosecutor is rejecting the request for a medical furlough.”

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.