In a rare move, Abdul Khaliq Abdullah, a professor of political science in the United Arab Emirates and a former adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, wanted Saudi authorities to release Hattun al-Fassi, who has been in prison for months.
"A dear friend and a serious academic colleague, I hope to see you soon," Abdul Khaliq wrote in her Twitter account, under the image of the Academy and a women's rights advocate.
In a rare case in which a public figure in the United Arab Emirates speaks of the arrest of women activists in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Khaliq has been heavily criticized by some Twitter users for posting the tweet.
In June, Saudi authorities detained several women's rights defenders in the country, including Fassi, without formal charges.
The kingdom has been criticized by international human rights organizations, and the issue of detention of activists in Saudi Arabia has also triggered a diplomatic crisis between Canada and the United States earlier this year.