Iran lifts death sentence for Canadian

35-year old faced execution for allegedly making porn sites

Iran’s Supreme Court decided not to impose a death sentence on a 35-year-old Iranian-born Canadian programmer charged with developing and promoting porn websites. Saeed Malekpour was arrested in October 2008 when he travelled to Iran to visit his sick father. Malekpour’s wife, who lives in Richmond Hill, Ont., told the Guardian newspaper that she is “very pleased that his life is finally saved.” Malekpour is to remain in custody while a judicial review is carried out. His family said Malekpour developed software that was used by a porn site without his knowledge. According to his wife, a campaign by human rights groups played a large role in saving his life.

CBC News

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