Sudanese journalist in trousers case released



“She came out of prison. We paid the 500-pound ($ 200) fine,” Mohedinne Titawi, president of the union said.

Hussein was imprisoned on Monday after she refused to pay the fine imposed by a Khartoum court for wearing trousers. She could have faced one month in jail. The journalist was wearing slacks when she was arrested along with 12 other women in a Khartoum restaurant in July.

Sudanese law in the conservative Muslim north stipulates a maximum of 40 lashes for wearing indecent clothing.

Ten of the women who were arrested with her were summoned by the police and flogged.  Hussein led a public battle against the law, resigning from the UN, where she worked as a media officer, to stand trial. Her case led to an outcry abroad and demonstrations at home.

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