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Ghoncheh Ghavami, 28, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, an Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released after serving five months of a one-year sentence (Family handout/PA Wire)

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 28, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, an Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released after serving five months of a one-year sentence (Family handout/PA Wire)

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The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, 28, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, an Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, have spoken of their delight and surprise at her release (PA Wire)

The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, 28, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, an Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, have spoken of their delight and surprise at her release (PA Wire)

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Ghoncheh Ghavami, 28, from Shepherd's Bush in west London, an Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released after serving five months of a one-year sentence (Family handout/PA Wire)

The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami - the woman who was detained in Iran after attending a protest outside a volleyball match - have spoken of their delight and surprise at her release.

Ghoncheh Ghavami's brother, Iman Ghavami, said: "I just spoke to her for a few seconds and the line wasn't good, but she sounded really happy." He also said that their parents - who are in Iran - had wanted to ask for a full medical check-up because Ms Ghavami had "intestinal problems".

Mr Ghavami said his sister had served five months of a one-year sentence and that the release "was quite unexpected, but a welcome move". "Everyone is happy - my parents and my sister. There are many possibilities, we're not really sure what's going to happen, but we hope for the best outcome.

"For the time being... it's her 26th birthday tomorrow morning." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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