The women arrived in court with their feet in shackles for the second day of the hearing, dressed in traditional black Muslim robes. Although the confessions have been filed with the three judges, their lawyers said the women had withdrawn them, and one of them had retracted a statement that she had a lesbian relationship with the victim. Salah al-Hejailan, who is representing the women, said the written confessions were made without legal counsel or access to British diplomats.
If found guilty of murder, under Saudi law, the women's fate will lie with their victim's family and they could be executed. The Foreign Office said the case had been adjourned until 25 May.Reuse content