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Arrested without cause three years ago, the Saudi Princess is released from prison

Arrested without cause three years ago, the Saudi Princess is released from

A Saudi princess and her daughter have been released from high security prison after being held for almost three years without charge.

Princess Basma bint Saud was arrested in March 2019 while preparing to fly to Switzerland for medical treatment. It is not known why she was detained and neither she nor her daughter Suhoud were charged with any crime.

During these three years it has been speculated that the reason may have been related to her advocacy for humanitarian issues and constitutional reform. Other supporters say the cause was her close relationship with former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who has been placed under house arrest.

Princess Basma, 57, called on Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release her last April, saying she had done nothing wrong and was not in good health. It is not known what treatment he would do abroad when he was banned in 2019.

Announcing her release on Twitter, ALQST for Human Rights said she had been "denied the medical care she needed for a potentially life-threatening illness" while in Al-Ha'ir prison on the outskirts of the capital.

Princess Basma is the youngest daughter of King Saud, who ruled Saudi Arabia between 1953 and 1964.