Freedom to Saudi princess after 3 years in jail

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/11/2022 1:23:32 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 10: The Saudi government has not said why it detained Princess Basmah bin Saud, a daughter of a former king who has been a critic of the country’s policies and legal system — and of its crown prince, though not by name. Officials did not say why they released her from jail after three years, either, says The New York Times.

It says the 58-year-old princess returned home with her daughter Suhoud al-Sharif, who was imprisoned with her, a legal adviser to her family said. The two women had been accused of undefined “criminal offenses” but were never formally charged.

It remained unclear whether they would be allowed to travel abroad. That’s a pressing issue: Princess Basmah needs medical care not available in the kingdom, her legal adviser said.

Context: Princess Basmah was among a number of prominent dissidents, women’s rights activists and members of the Saudi royal family either jailed or put under house arrest during the rise of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Many are still detained.

 

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