Iranian judiciary quashes death sentence on dissident: report
The agency, which has been well informed on the Aghajari case, did not provide a source in its report and added that officials in the hardline-controlled judiciary were so far refusing to confirm the news.
Aghajari, a history professor at
He also said Muslims were
not "monkeys" and "should not blindly follow" religious
leaders, an assertion that the court saw as a direct challenge to the Shiite
concept of emulation and the status of
The verdict sparked
In January 2003, the Supreme Court ordered a retrial but the same judge in Hamedan recently confirmed his previous sentence.
Khamenei has again ordered a review of the case, and was quoted by a justice official as saying Aghajari's remarks "cannot be characterised as apostasy and are not liable to the death penalty".