Saudi’s Terrorism court is to try women drivers in Saudi Arabia. Two female drivers who defied a ban on female driving are scheduled for a hearing according to local activists.
Twenty-five years-old Loujain al-Hathloul and 33 years-old Maysa al-Amoudi, put in detention for a month, will be the first to be heard in Saudi’s court for international criminals.
According to Saudi’s official constitution, women are confined to the passenger’s seat. Technically, women could never drive because only men could receive driving licenses in the country.
Hala al-Dosari, a Saudi Women’s Rights activist, said that the trial is symbolic of the Saudi government’s continuing efforts to curb the rising dissent in the country.
“This is not an isolated case,” she said. “This is just a way to really curb the momentum of campaigning and [the] engagement of citizens.”
She herself had been arrested on December 1 after driving into the kingdom from United Arab Emirates.
Maysa al-Amoudi is a journalist based in the UAE. She was arrested upon arrival at the border to support Hathloul.
Their cases had spread throughout activist social media campaigns.
The two women were tried in a court in al-Ahsa and then will be transferred to Riyadh’s court that specialises in terrorism cases.