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An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said.

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said.

Ghoncheh Ghavami (25), was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received the custodial sentence.

She was detained in June at a Tehran stadium after trying to attend a men's volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

Her brother, Iman Ghavami (28), told the Press Association: "She has been bailed until her court appeal, when she hopes to be vindicated.

"She was bailed for €25,000 and now wants to spend time with her family."

Ms Ghavami, (inset) from Shepherd's Bush in London, was taking part in a protest against a ban on women in Iran attending sporting events in the company of men when she was arrested. Iran banned women from volleyball games in 2012, extending a long-standing ban on football matches.

A post this evening on a Facebook page set up by Ms Ghavami's family said: "Ghoncheh returned home from prison. We picked her up at 3pm from Qarchak prison."

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