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Saudi woman imprisoned by family freed

26 August 2013, 17:03

Riyadh - Saudi authorities have freed a woman who was held captive for three years by her relatives over a family dispute, an official human rights organisation said on Monday.

The 50-year-old woman had been imprisoned in a room in a house in the western Taif province, an official from the kingdom's National Society for Human Rights told AFP.

According to local daily Okaz, Saudi security forces freed the woman at dawn on Sunday in the presence of representatives of the organisation.

The woman's son had alerted authorities that his mother was being held against her will due to a "family dispute over properties", the daily reported.

The woman, who lived in Riyadh, was "taken by force to Taif where she was held captive during these years," Okaz said.

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic sharia law, imposes many restrictions on women, who are banned from travelling without permission from male guardians and from driving.



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