Name: Mary Mohammadi
Background: Christian convert
Reason for arrest: In January 2020 Mary was arrested for her participation in Tehran protests against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran’s attack on a Ukrainian passenger flight, leading to the untimely deaths of approximately 175 individuals. Upon her arrest, Mary was transported through a few different detention facilities during which she was subjected to physical abuse, starvation, and humiliation, before she was ultimately transferred to Qarchak Prison.
Mary’s formal charges were “disrupting public order by participating in an illegal gathering,” however she was released on a US$ 2,000 bail and was scheduled to have a court hearing in early March. On April 14, Mary’s court hearing was finally held after being postponed for just over a month amidst the spread of the novel coronavirus. Despite the high hopes for Mary’s acquittal, Middle East Concern reports that Mary was sentenced to three months in prison as well as flogging by 10 lashes to be suspended for one year. Mary stated that the judge presiding over her case had repeatedly interrogated her regarding her religious conversion, which had no relationship to her arrest this year or subsequent charges, which begs the question of whether the depth of Mary’s sentencing and punishment has more to do with her faith. NGOs in Iran report that the suspended sentence is a way to scare Mary into keeping silent about her faith and religious persecution.
Middle East Concern reported that Mary took to her personal Instagram account on April 21, stating that she was unjustly convicted “because of showing sympathy for the families of those who perished on the Ukraine airline crash…there was no evidence against me, so I ought to have been acquitted, but instead I was sentenced not only to imprisonment, but also flogging…”
Please pray that all charges against Mary will be dropped and that Mary will be delivered from such a draconian and brutal punishment. The world needs to rise up and oppose that brutal, uncivilized punishment.
Here is her public twitter account: