[ISN] Manal al-Sharif Imprisoned For 10 More Days For Driving in Saudi Arabia

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 02:04:13 -0500 (CDT)

By Kristina Chew
May 26, 2011

Manal al-Sharif, the Saudi woman who was arrested early Sunday morning 
for defying her country's ban on women driving and calling for a June 
17th "mass drive" on Facebook, created. was supposed to be released from 
prison today. But authorities say that she will be held for ten more 
days, the Guardian reports. According to her lawyer, al-Sharif is being 
charged with driving "without a licence, provoking other women to do the 
same and provoking public opinion in Saudi Arabia":

  It is disputed by lawyers whether it is illegal for women to drive 
  under national law but it is socially and religiously unacceptable in 
  many quarters.

  "The investigator needs another 10 days to complete his 
  investigation," said Al Sharif's lawyer, Adnan Al Salah. "He will 
  decide whether Manal is innocent and has to be released or he will 
  refer her to the prosecution unit, a government organisation and they 
  might refer her to a special prosecutor to deal with the case. I feel 
  the fair and right thing would have been to release her on bail."

Al-Sharif had also posted a video online of her driving and another 
video in which she described how women could participate in the June 17 


Manal al-Sharif is, says the Saudi Women weblog, a woman whom Saudi 
Arabia should be proud of:

  She is one of the first women in the world to be a Certified Ethical 
  Hacker-EC-Council CISSP-(ISC)2 Certified ISO 27001 Implementer and 
  Lead Auditor -BSI & ISO. She is an IT security consultant at the 
  biggest oil company in Saudi, ARAMCO.


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