George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, is set to defend Maldives’ former head, ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, and she received a warm welcome when she flew into the nation for her latest case on September 7.
The human rights lawyer arrived in Mala, the nation’s capital, where she will be pressing for Nasheed, the nation’s fourth president, to be released from jail. She is part of a high-profile team fighting for the ex-leader, who is presently being held in Maafushi jail. Clooney reportedly spent two hours with Nasheed in prison to discuss the case and will be attending meetings with government officials on his behalf.
The 37-year-old expressed her concern for the former president who, according to her, “worked so hard to bring human rights and democracy,” but is now unfortunately one of the many political prisoners of the island nation.
Previously, the U.S. and the European Union along with India have demonstrated their worry over his detainment while he was still president. They believe that Nasheed was wrongly sentenced to 13 years under Maldives’ Anti-Terrorism Act for issuing an order to arrest Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed.
Amnesty International has labeled it “politically motivated,” while the U.S. Department of State pointed out the “lack of appropriate procedures during the trial.”
Last week, Nasheed was put behind bars again following a house arrest. He was the nation’s first leader after the 2008 democratic reforms, with his term cut short just four years later.
Clooney’s team, which includes co-counsel Jared Genser, has claimed that the human rights activist was compelled to “resign at gunpoint.” In The Guardian last month, Amal Clooney wrote about the issue, quoting it to be a politically driven “show trial” and a “mockery of justice.”
After wrapping up in Maldives, Clooney will also visit India and Sri Lanka for additional meetings about the case.
Crawley, J., “Amal Clooney is greeted by a huge crowd as she arrives in the Maldives to fight for the release of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed,” Daily Mail web site, September 7, 2015.
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