Buraida Female Protesters Released

A Saudi judge has ordered the release of women who were detained Saturday after they held a protest in Buraida, central Saudi Arabia, to demand the release of the imprisoned relatives. Activist Waleed Abu Alkhair said judge ruled that the five days of detention were enough as punishment for the women. Amnesty International has condemned the arrests saying “there is no way the Saudi Arabian authorities can justify detaining people if they have simply peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

UPDATE: Global Voices reports that the public prosecutor was actually seeking a flogging sentence for protesters. “The judge ruled that the women were guilty, but the five days they spent in detainment were enough,” Global Voices said. “The rest of the women protesters, including the ones transferred to Riyadh, remain under arrest without trial.”