Mrs.Clooney receives arrest threats from Egyptian authorities
Jan 3,London: Human Rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, who has identified flaw’s in Egypt‘s justice system has been threatened with arrest by Egyptian officials.
Clooney, who had,identified flaws in the country’s justice system that led to the jailing of three Al Jazeera journalists, represents one of the three journalists Mohamed Fahmy, who has been convicted of terrorism in December 2013. According to reports,an Egyptian court has ordered a retrial of the three journalists, after acknowledging that there was a major problem with the initial conviction. The sentences handed to Mr Fahmy, Al Jazeera’s Egyptian-Canadian bureau chief, as well as Australian former BBC journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian freelance producer Baher Mohamed, had provoked international outrage.
In an interview with another media source, the British-Lebanese lawyer Mrs Clooney, who married American actor George Clooney a in Venice last September,said a report she had co-authored on the independence of Egypt‘s judiciary, was deemed so controversial that she was warned she could be arrested if she visited Cairo. “When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo,” Mrs Clooney said. “They said: ‘Does the report criticise the army, the judiciary, or the government?’ We said: ‘Well, yes.’ They said: ‘Well then, you’re risking arrest.'” In Egypt, insulting the judiciary is an imprisonable offence. The document, compiled on behalf of the International Bar Association, highlights wide-ranging powers that Egypt‘s government can wield over judges and state prosecutors, and recommended an end to its handpicking of judges in high profile cases.
Meanwhile, she has also called on the Egyptian government to release Mr Fahmy on medical grounds, after disclosing that he is suffering from Hepatitis C, as well as having lost the full use of his arm after a pre-existing shoulder injury was exacerbated by weeks spent sleeping on the prison’s stone floor.
The three journalists had been arrested in Cairo’s Marriott Hotel in December 2013 and were accused of helping a “terrorist organisation”. They were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison last June in a politically charged case that drew the United Nations to question the independence of Egypt‘s judiciary.
The Oslo Times