Saudi frees women’s rights activist Suad al-Shammary

Suad al-Shammari had spent around 90 days at a women’s prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. (File photo courtesy: Twitter)

A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter told a news agency on Sunday.

Suad al-Shammari had spent around 90 days at a women’s prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, her daughter Sarah al-Rimaly told AFP.

“She’s released now, thanks be to God,” Rimaly said.

She added that her mother was freed three days ago after signing a pledge “to reduce her activities”.

Shammari, could not immediately be reached for comment by AFP.

As part of some landmark Royal decrees, including a major government reshuffle, Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman late on Thursday granted general amnesty for a large number of prisoners.

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