Maryam Naghash Zargaran before her imprisonment

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, has been in Evin prison for three years and urgently needed medical treatment which the prosecutor refused to grant.

Since our report in the June-July issue, Maryam went on hunger strike to protest against the lack of medical care and was allowed out on 6 June to receive treatment – on a bond of 350 million toman. On 19 June the court ordered Maryam to return to prison. She was still not well enough and her family applied for an extension.

Yet the prosecutor’s office refused to extend her leave and threatened to retain the money submitted as a bond, so Maryam returned to prison.