IRAN — A reporter who was sentenced to a life in jail in Iran was released Tuesday after a U.S. appeals court ruled the death sentence was not an appropriate punishment for her crimes.

The Iranian court said the sentence was too harsh and it had no choice but to accept it.

In February, Iranian authorities announced that journalist Hamed Ghanem was to be executed for her involvement in a protest in Tehran.

She was arrested in September of 2011 and released after an Iranian court agreed with prosecutors that she was innocent.

Ghanem, who was an editor at the English-language news website Al-Monitor, had been sentenced to death in 2012.

But her conviction was overturned in the second trial after an appeals court in Tehran ruled the trial was flawed.

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