Two Saudi women who were detained for defying the kingdom’s ban on female drivers have been freed after more than 70 days in custody, reports say. Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, was arrested while campaigning for the ban to be eased. Her friend Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, was detained when she went to help her.
Concerns for the women were heightened after reports that their case was being transferred to a terrorism court.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s only country to forbid women from driving. While it is not technically illegal for women to drive, only men are awarded driving licences – and women who drive in public risk being fined and arrested by the police.
Saudi women have launched a series of campaigns – including on social media – to demand an easing of the restrictions. Under Saudi rules, women must be consigned to the passenger seat
Ms Hathloul was arrested on…
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