The sentence includes a two-year and 10-month suspension, in addition to time she has already served, paving the way for Hathloul to be released in two months’ time, according to a statement released by her family on Monday.
Instead, her case was transferred to the Specialized Criminal Court for terrorism and national security (SCC).
She was accused of using her relations with foreign governments and rights groups to “pressure the Kingdom to change its laws and systems,” according to a charge sheet her family published earlier in December.
The SCC was described by Amnesty International in November as an “an institution used to silence dissent and notorious for issuing lengthy prison sentences following seriously flawed trials.”
In a statement on Monday, her sister Lina said Hathloul had been charged, tried and convicted using counter-terrorism laws in a rushed trial that “failed to provide evidence beyond Loujain’s well noted activism and failed to properly investigate the torture Loujain endured in prison.”
The SCC judge also denied the torture allegations in his final report, according to the Hathloul family statement.
CNN has reached out to the Saudi government for comment on the case.
Hathloul has twice gone on hunger strike — in protest at her prison conditions, and because she was denied communication with her relatives — according to her family.
Activist Hathloul will remain on probation for three years following her release, during which time she could be arrested for any perceived illegal activity, according to the family’s statement. She will also be banned from traveling for five years, it said.
Hathloul has 30 days to appeal the court’s verdict.
‘Activism is not a crime’
Three other women’s rights activists who were arrested alongside Hathloul — Nassima al-Sada, Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahrani — remain in detention, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
“Peaceful activism, and advocating for women’s rights is not a crime. Human rights defenders can be a strong partner for governments in addressing concerns within society,” the ambassadors said.
On Monday, Hathloul’s sister Lina underlined that message, saying her sister is “not a terrorist, she is an activist.”
“To be sentenced for her activism for the very reforms that MBS and the Saudi Kingdom so proudly tout is the ultimate hypocrisy. My sister is the bravest person I know, and while we are devastated that she will have to spend even one more day in prison, our fight is far from over,” she said in a statement.
“We will not rest until Loujain is free.”
CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Sarah El Sirgany contributed to this report.