Saudi woman ‘guilty of driving’ has flogging sentence revoked

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A woman sentenced to flogging after being ‘caught’ driving in Saudi Arabia has had her sentence revoked after the intervention of Saudi King Abdullah.

The kingdom’s laws prohibit women from driving and the female driver had been sentenced to 10 lashes.

A source close to the royal court has confirmed the sentence will not now be carried out.  The news was later confirmed by the country’s Interior Ministry.

The move comes only days after the nations ruling elite pledged greater political participation for women in the Islamic country.  Women will now be allowed to serve as members of the Shura Council, the body that advises the king.

Further changes will see women being allowed to run as candidates and nominate candidates in the next set of municipal elections.