Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

A Saudi court Monday handed prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul a prison term of five years and eight months for terrorism-related crimes, but a partially suspended sentence will allow her release within months, relatives said. Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with about a dozen other women activists just weeks before the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers, a reform they had long campaigned for, sparking a torrent of international criticism. A suspension of half her sentence follows intense global pressure for her release and comes ahead of next month’s inaugurat…

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