Arabian Woman Activist releases after three years in jail

Sentenced to over 5 years in jail, Al-Hathloul released after almost three years behind bars

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: The Saudi authorities on Wednesday released women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul after she spent nearly three years in jail, according to her sister.

“Loujain al-Hathloul at the residence after 1,001 days in jail,” her sister Lina wrote on Twitter.

She, however, didn’t give further details over the release of the Saudi activist. Her arrest was condemned by many international rights groups which repeatedly urged the Saudi authorities to release her.

The Saudi authorities have yet to comment on the announcement by al-Hathloul’s family.

On May 15, 2018, Saudi authorities arrested various feminine activists on human rights — together with al-Hathloul, Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sadah, Nouf Abdelaziz, and Mayaa al-Zahrani.

A number of worldwide rights watchdogs accused the Saudi authorities of jailing the feminine activists for defending girls’ rights. Denying the accusations, authorities say Saudi Arabia is committed to implementing the legislation “transparently.”

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