The western media are picking up reports that two Saudi women who were jailed for driving, have been released from prison. This story from AFP was posted on the UK's Daily Mail site on February 12, 2015. A link to the site is here, and the text is pasted below. This is just a preliminary report - to confirm rumors of their release.
Two Saudi women's rights activists, one
of whom tried to defy a ban on female driving, have been freed after
more than two months in jail, a campaigner said on Friday.
"Yes, Loujain is free," said the campaigner who spoke with Loujain Hathloul after she left prison.
Hathloul "just said that she's released and she's happy," said the activist, who did not give a name.
Maysaa Alamoudi, detained at the same
time as Hathloul, has also been let out of jail, her family confirmed,
according to the activist who spoke with AFP.
"Peace be upon you, good people," Hathloul tweeted late on Thursday.
and Alamoudi had been held since December 1, after Hathloul tried to
drive into the kingdom from neighbouring United Arab Emirates in
defiance of the ban.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women to drive.
Alamoudi, a UAE-based Saudi journalist, arrived at the border to support Hathloul and was also arrested.
December, activists said a court in Eastern Province had transferred
the two women to a special tribunal for "terrorism" cases.
the time, campaigners did not provide full details of the allegations
against the pair but said investigations appeared to focus on the
women's social media activities rather than the driving.
activist who spoke to AFP on Friday did not know whether the two women
were facing charges or what conditions were placed on their release.
Hathloul has 232,000 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
Alamoudi has 136,000 followers and has also hosted a programme on YouTube discussing the driving ban.