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.