Nesrine Malik has the story:
“According to Najlaa Al Maahi, one of Hussein’s legal team, with whom I spoke after the trial, the proceedings were hastily conducted and the defence was not allowed to make its case. The general sentiment was that the guilty verdict and the sentence, a fine of Â£130, had been decided in advance and the trial was merely a formality. The goal apparently was to tar Hussein as indecent but not resort to lashing. This would leave the case against her intact, but not enact a brutal punishment while the world watched. Government supporters were hailing her conviction as a victory while their opponents saw the fine as a climb-down from the initial penalty of flogging, one which Hussein would have endured had she not challenged those who detained her.”
A very brave woman, who could have avoided a trial but decided to face her tormentors in order to put pressure on them.
Update: Cath Elliot points out in the comments that Lubna Hussein has had her fine paid, so will be released. I wonder if she is happy about that.
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