Saudi women activists’ trial begins today

//Saudi women activists’ trial begins today

Saudi women activists’ trial begins today

By | 2014-12-24T20:17:34+00:00 December 24th, 2014|Middle East|0 Comments

Riyadh:  Two women’s rights activists held for more than three weeks in Saudi Arabia are to appear in court on Thursday, activists said.

Loujain Hathloul has been detained since December 1 after she tried to drive into the kingdom from neighbouring United Arab Emirates in defiance of a ban.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women to drive.

Maysaa Alamoudi, a UAE-based Saudi journalist, arrived at the border to support Hathloul and was also arrested.

Activists did not have complete details of allegations against the pair but said the focus of investigators seemed to be on their social media activities rather than their driving.

Another country
“They can’t make a charge against them for driving, because they used their car in another country,” the UAE, one activist said.

The Ministry of Interior referred enquiries to Saudi Arabia’s prosecution service.
Hathloul has 228,000 followers on Twitter.

Before her arrest she tweeted, sometimes with humour, details of the 24 hours she spent waiting to cross into Saudi Arabia after border officers stopped her.

Alamoudi has 131,000 followers and has also hosted a programme on YouTube discussing the driving issue.