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Saudi woman defies driving ban, husband fined: Report

Published on Apr 20, 2014 5:42 PM
 

RIYADH (AFP) - A Saudi woman defied the kingdom's ban on female driving, getting behind the wheel of her husband's car before police detained the couple and fined the man, a newspaper said on Sunday.

The 23-year-old woman was caught driving on Thursday in the Qatif district in Eastern Province, the Saudi Gazette said, adding police forced the couple to sign a pledge not to repeat the offence.

They were released on bail and the traffic department fined her 28-year-old husband 900 riyals (S$300) and impounded his car for seven days, it said.

The woman also received a penalty for driving without a license, a permit that she cannot apply for in the ultra-conservative kingdom because of its ban on female driving.

 
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