Amal Alamuddin Clooney, international human rights lawyer and wife of A-list actor George Clooney, claims the Egyptian government has threatened her with arrest after she pointed out defects in its judicial system. Read on for further details.
Hollywood star George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin, a London barrister and celebrated human rights lawyer known for her prominent and controversial clientele, is asserting Cairo warned her of arrest after she submitted a report to the International Bar Association identifying inadequacies in the country’s judicial system, which inadvertently resulted in the detention and conviction of her client, one of three al-Jazeera journalists in 2013.
“When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo,” she said in an interview with the Guardian. “They said: ‘Does the report criticize the army, the judiciary, or the government?’ We said: ‘Well, yes.’ They said: ‘Well then, you’re risking arrest.’”
In February 2014, based on a fact-finding research she conducted in the previous year, she summed up her conclusions by pointing out the overwhelming powers Egypt’s ministers had over its judges and state prosecutors. These powers have resulted in an alarming record of discriminating prosecutions.
The three al-Jazeera journalists, which include Clooney’s client, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, as well as Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, were arrested in December 2013, under accusations of disseminating false information and supporting the ostracized Muslim Brotherhood. Supporters of the incarcerated journalists say the charges against them are trumped up and politically motivated.
In Clooney’s report, she recommended an end to the practice of Egyptian officials having a hand in personally selecting judges for political-related cases.
Currently, Clooney says she will be continuing her efforts to secure her client Fahmy’s release by other legal means.
“Unfortunately we have to conclude that we can’t rely on these Egyptian court processes to achieve a fair or swift result,” said Clooney.
Listen to what Amal Alamuddin Clooney has to say about Egypt’s judicial system here:
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