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Two Saudi women jailed for defying the nation’s ban on women driving were sent to antiterrorism court Thursday.

Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, was arrested along with a journalist, 33-year-old Maysa al-Amoudi, when she tried to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates earlier in December. But the two will not be tried for driving, which is not officially banned by law (though the state does not issue licenses to women and Saudi clerics have explicitly forbidden it). Instead, the Specialized Criminal Court will scrutinize their social media posts under a law ostensibly intended to fight cybercrime. The court has been used not only to try terrorism cases but also to dole out lengthy sentences to political dissidents and human rights workers, according to the New York Times.

Al-Hathloul became a viral video star in 2013 when she posted a video of herself with uncovered face and hair, declaring…

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