saudi courtA court in Saudi handed two native women 10-month jail sentences on Saturday for trying to help a Canadian woman abandon her Saudi husband, human rights activists said.

The court also banned Fawzia al-Ayuni and Wajiha al-Huaider from leaving the kingdom for 2 years, rights activist Aql al-Bahli said.

They have one month to appeal against the judgement. The two women were convicted of the Islamic shariah law offence of takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband, Bahli said.

They had been briefly detained by police a year and a half back in the company of the Canadian woman who at the time wanted to flee the kingdom with her children after a row with her husband, Sabq reported

Regional rights group the Gulf Forum for Civil Societies expressed deep concern over the jail sentences handed down against 2 women, who had “defended a humanitarian right”. It urged the Canadian government to intervene with the Saudi authorities on the women’s behalf.