Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Push-back, Sudanese style

An update on Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, the brave Sudanese woman who faced 40 lashes for the crime of, wait for it, wearing pants.

As a UN employee, she could have had immunity. But she resigned her position to fight the charge of wearing 'indecent clothing'. The court decided to fine her the equivalent of just over $200 instead of beating her, but she declined that option as well, opting to spending a month in jail.

Well, that's apparently not going to happen either. She has been released from jail.
A woman who was convicted at a trial for wearing pants -- clothing deemed indecent by Sudanese authorities -- was released from jail Tuesday after being imprisoned for a day, a United Nations spokesman said.

Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein was facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers.

Lubna al-Hussein, a journalist who worked in the media department of the United Nations mission in Sudan, was jailed Monday for refusing to pay a court-ordered fine, her lawyer, Nabil Adib, said.

No further details of her release were immediately available.

Brave woman. No doubt there's more to come.

UPDATE: According to the CBC:
Hussein says prison authorities set her free Tuesday without explanation. She later found out the government-allied Journalists Union had paid the fine on her behalf.

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