Woman jailed over clothing is freed

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A Sudanese woman jailed for wearing trousers deemed indecent was freed yesterday after the country's journalists' union said it had paid a $200 (£120) fine on her behalf.

Lubna Hussein was convicted of indecency charges on Monday in a case that caused a worldwide outcry. She was ordered to pay a fine or face a month in jail, but was spared a possible penalty of 40 lashes.

Ms Hussein refused to pay the fine, preferring to go to jail to challenge the law's legitimacy. "I am not happy," she said on her release. "I told all my friends and family not to pay the fine."