Imprisoned Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul appeared before a Saudi terrorism court on Thursday as she faces what United Nations experts called  “spurious” charges.

Hathloul, 31, was arrested in May 2018 with about a dozen other women activists just weeks before a historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers.

“We are extremely alarmed to hear that Al-Hathloul, who has been in detention for more than two years on spurious charges, is now being tried by a specialised terrorism court,” said Elizabeth Broderick, chair of the United Nations working group on discrimination against women and girls, in a statement on Thursday.

“We call once again on Saudi Arabia to immediately release Al-Hathloul, a woman human rights defender who has greatly contributed to advancing women’s rights,” she added.

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Saudi Arabia’s rulers belong to the Wahhabist extreme sect of Islam, and pour enormous amounts of money into allied extremist groups around the world. What, if anything, does Jacinda have to say about that?  —Eds