Miniskirt model released without charge in Saudi Arabia
Video that went viral was released without woman's knowledge, authorities say
Saudi Arabia says a woman who was arrested after wearing a miniskirt in an online video has been released without charge.
Police in Riyadh had arrested the Saudi woman for wearing "immodest clothes" after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code. The woman's name has not been released, though she is known online as Khulood.
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She drew attention over the weekend when the video was shared online of her walking in a historic village north of the capital wearing a miniskirt and crop top, and showing her hair.
The video sparked a Twitter hashtag that called for her arrest. Saudi law requires all women living in the kingdom, including foreigners, to wear long, loose robes known as abayas in public. Most Saudi women also wear a headscarf and veil that covers the face.
A statement released by the Center for International Communication said Wednesday that police released the woman, who was not named. It says she was released Tuesday evening after a few hours of questioning.
The statement said the video was published without her knowledge.
لو كانت اجنبية كان تغزلوا بجمال خصرها وفتنتة عيناها .. بس لانها سعودية يطلبوا محاكمتها ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D9%85%D8%B7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%A8_%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%83%D9%85%D8%A9_%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%84_%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AF?src=hash">#مطلوب_محاكمة_مودل_خلود</a> <br> <a href="https://t.co/ttYqynySN2">pic.twitter.com/ttYqynySN2</a>—@50BM_
With files from CBC News