National Post (National Edition)

UBC GRAD, RIGHTS ACTIVIST RELEASED FROM PRISON

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DUBAI Prominent women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from a Saudi prison after nearly three years, her family said on Wednesday, a case that has drawn internatio­nal condemnati­on.

Hathloul, 31, a University of B.C. graduate, was detained in May 2018 and sentenced in December to nearly six years in prison on charges that UN human rights experts have called “spurious.” The court had suspended two years and 10 months of her sentence, most of which had already been served.

“Loujain is at home !!!!!! ” her sister Lina tweeted, posting a close-up picture of Hathloul's face. Another sister, Alia, said Hathloul was at their parents' home in Saudi Arabia, adding “this is the best day of my life.”

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