An Iranian appeals court has reportedly ruled that a dissident academic, once condemned to death for blasphemy, does not have to go back to jail. Hashem Aghajari, a history lecturer, angered Iran's powerful hardliners in 2002 when he called in a speech on Muslims not to follow their rulers blindly. A court sentenced him to hang for blasphemy, sparking violent student protests. Aghajari last July was released on bail from two years imprisonment, after winning two appeals. However, he still had to appeal a lesser charge of insulting Islamic values. His lawyer (Saleh Nikbakht) today said an appeals court had ruled that the two years served already covered that charge. He added that the appeals court also ruled that Aghajari will not be deprived of his social rights or banned from teaching.