Please pray for Mary Mohammadai who has been arrested in Iran. Mary has been very open about her Christian faith and has been campaigning for the legal rights of Christian converts in Iran and the freedom to attend a Christian place of worship.
Mary, aged 21, was arrested on January 12 in Tehran while protests were underway following the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 over Iran. After weeks of not knowing her whereabouts, her family found out she had been taken to Vozara detention centre, handcuffed back to back with another woman and badly beaten.
At the detention centre she was forced to sit on the ground in the yard in front of the toilets. Later she faced three interrogators and was given 30 questions to respond to. She refused to comply without a lawyer present. During the first 24 hours following arrest she was denied food. Female officials forced Mary to strip and sit and stand several times in front of them. She was later transferred to Evin Prison, Tehran, and charged with ‘disrupting public order by participating in an illegal gathering’.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that she was released on bail of 30 million Tomans (US$2000) on February 26. Pray that Mary will be strengthened physically and spiritually and that she will receive an impartial hearing and unconditional release at her hearing next week.