Christian activist Mary Mohammadi is alive, being held in Iran's most dangerous women's prison

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 13th, 2020 3:08 pm

Last Updated Feb 13th, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Christian human rights activist Mary Fatemeh Mohammadi is alive and being held in Iran's largest and most dangerous women's prison, according to religious freedom advocacy organization Article18.

Mohammadi was arrested on January 12 after she posted several tweets criticizing the Iranian government's treatment of its people.

She is currently being held at Qarchak Prison, located in a desert just south of Tehran. She has been permitted to call home a few times to tell her family she is okay.

Qarchak is one of two Iranian prisons the United States has sanctioned for "gross human rights violations" such as abuse, beatings, and "creating an environment for rape and murder."

Her bail has been set at 30 million tomans ($2,250), an amount that is equivalent to an annual Iranian salary.

Although her family has been able to raise the money, Mohammadi's case was elevated to a higher court, which will decide whether she will receive a temporary release.

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