“Loujain is at home!!!!!!,” the sister wrote.
Former president Donald Trump had enjoyed a close relationship with the crown prince and said that alleged abuses by the kingdom — including the killing by Saudi agents of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — should not intrude on bilateral commercial and diplomatic ties.
Loujain al-Hathloul was prominent among a group of Saudi feminists who campaigned for women’s right to drive and the abolition of Saudi Arabia’s restrictive guardianship laws. The Saudi government lifted a ban on women driving in June 2018 — weeks after it had arrested Hathloul and the other activists, in what was widely seen as a message that any reforms in Saudi Arabia would be handed down by the leadership, not prompted by political activism.
The @LoujainHathloul at home after 1001 days in prison pic.twitter.com/SIm274rAEw
— Lina Alhathloul لينا الهذلول (@LinaAlhathloul) February 10, 2021
In pictures posted by her sisters Wednesday, Hathloul looked gaunt, with a thick streak of silver in her hair. Her family had previously said that she was transferred to a secret prison and subjected to abuse, including torture, beatings, sexual harassment and electric shocks — some supervised by Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to the crown prince. Saudi officials have denied reports of torturing prisoners.