Controversial Saudi driver campaigns to release women prisoners

June 3, 2011

Saudi controversial woman driver Manal Al Shareef has launched a campaign to help release women imprisoned for failing to pay off debts.

Manal who spent one week in a prison in Dammam in the Eastern Coast of Saudi Arabia for challenging the authorities and driving a car in Al Khobar said that she wanted gracious people to help the Saudis, Filipinas and Indonesians who were incarcerated for not paying off small debts, Saudi news portal Sabq reported.

“The arrangement will be directly with the rehabilitation centre,” she said on Facebook. “I will not be collecting the donations, and I urge you to contact the centre directly.”

Manal said that she used time in detention to write down the names of the prisoners as well as the amounts they had to pay to be released.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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