28 Sep '11, 1am

Woman in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 10 lashes for defying ban on women driving

A Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for defying a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, an activist said on Tuesday, while another woman was arrested in the capital. -- PHOTO: AP JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - A Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for defying a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, an activist said on Tuesday, while another woman was arrested in the capital. Sheima Jastaniah was sentenced on Monday by a court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, where she was caught driving in July, the activist said, requesting anonymity. She said Jastaniah 'had refused to talk to media about her trial ... and we were shocked yesterday (Monday) that she was sentenced to 10 lashes.' Jastaniah will appeal the verdict, she added. The sentence came a day after King Abdullah announced allowing women to vote and run in municipal polls, and to join the al...

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