Name: Marokh Roksare Kanbari
Background: Christian Convert
Area of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Sentence: 1 year
Update: Released unconditionally following COVID-19 epidemic
Reason for her arrest and imprisonment:
In December 2018, shortly before Christmas, three agents from Iranian intelligence raided the home of Mahrokh (65) and confiscated mobile phones, Bibles and other Christian materials. Officers then took Mahrokh to intelligence offices where they interrogated her intensively from morning to evening, with no regard to her age.
Officers released Mahrokh only after submitting bail of 30 million Toman (US$2,500). In January she was brought before the prosecutor to answer charges of “acting against national security” and forced to go to a religious leader to be “instructed” and directed to return to Islam.
In a tweet in August 2019, US Vice President Mike Pence called for the release of Mahrokh Qanbari. Mike Pence said oppression of religious minorities in Iran was a violation of religious freedoms.
On March 2 Mahrokh Roksare Kanbari was released temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having provided security of 30 million tomans ($2,000). On April 2, prison authorities informed Mahrokh that she was no longer required to return to prison.