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Prominent Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Released From Prison

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FILE - This Nov. 30, 2014 image made from video released by Loujain al-Hathloul, shows her driving towards the United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1, 2014, in Saudi Arabia. The family of the leading Saudi women’s rights activist says she has been released from prison after nearly three years behind bars. The sisters of Loujain al-Hathloul tweeted the news on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Loujain al-Hathloul, File)

(AP) — The family of a leading Saudi women’s rights activist says she has been released from prison after nearly three years behind bars.

The sisters of Loujain al-Hathloul tweeted the news on Wednesday. Al-Hathloul, who pushed to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, was convicted last December on charges including agitating for change and pursuing a foreign agenda, accusations that rights groups describe as politically motivated.

The release Wednesday, earlier than anticipated, comes as Saudi Arabia faces new scrutiny from the United States. President Joe Biden has vowed to reassess the U.S.-Saudi partnership and stand up for human rights and democratic principles.

 

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