She completed a little over half of her one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime”—a charge related to membership in a house church.
While Aylar is one of three Christians pardoned in the last two months, others have only been temporarily released. Christian activist Mary (Fatemeh) Mohammadi recently appeared for her court hearing on April 14. Article18 reports that during the hearing, the judge questioned her about her religious views, even though the charges were unrelated to her faith. She is charged with alleged participation in the January protests following the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s admission of guilt in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane.
The judge cited no evidence against her, saying that her presence in the area where the rally was taking place was evidence in itself.
Mary was told to expect the verdict soon, though she received no precise timeframe.
“I want to thank all my friends who have thought about me while I was in prison and defended my rights while waiting to be sentenced,” she wrote on Facebook. “I appreciate you walking with me through this difficult time.”
Mary has previously spent six months in prison for her membership of a Tehran house-church, and in December she was kicked out of the university she was attending without explanation. While she was recently in Qarchak women’s prison, reportedly she was severely tortured and beaten so badly that the bruises were still visible on her body three weeks later.
On Facebook, Mary shared:
“The hell of #Qarchak has always been the source of all types of diseases. In the crisis of the #coronavirus, the situation of the Qarchak had become worse and today we are witness to the disaster in Qarchak … The test of one of the prisoners has been announced positive. …The lives of our loved ones are in danger!”