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Woman penalized for driving in Saudi Arabia before driving ban is officially lifted

(REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

A woman who was filmed driving a car has been penalized by police in Saudi Arabia, less than a month after the kingdom announced that women would be allowed to obtain a driver’s license by June 2018. The woman was reportedly summoned by authorities after she appeared in a video driving out of a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

In response to the news, a police spokesperson called “on all Saudi citizens to respect the law and wait until the ban on women driving formally ends.” The spokesperson added that the woman had been penalized but not formally arrested, and that the owner of the car would also face penalties for violating traffic rules.

News of the driving ban being lifted has been hailed by women’s rights activists worldwide, including by Saudi activist Sahar Nassif, who was jailed and ultimately forced to flee the country after being targeted by police under the ban.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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