TORONTO - Iran's supreme court has quashed the death sentence for a Canadian man.

Saeed Malekpour, a 35-year-old Canadian web programmer, was facing execution on charges of developing and promoting porn websites.

His supporters, including his wife who now lives in Richmond Hill, Ont., said he was arrested in Iran in October 2008 after a trip to visit his ailing father.

His wife, Fatima Eftekhari, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the court decision is a "sigh of relief" and that she is "very pleased that his life is finally saved."

Defence lawyers said the conviction was quashed after they provided the court with expert evidence.

Malekpour will remain in jail while a judicial review into his case is held.