Sunday 22 October 2017

Human rights victory at UN for lawyer Amal

Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney has won the support of the UN in her fight to free the jailed former Maldivian president, Mohamed Nasheed, after a committee said his rights were violated and called for his immediate release.

The UN working group on arbitrary detention said Mr Nasheed did not receive a fair trial from the Maldivian authorities when he was given a 13-year sentence earlier this year. Mr Nasheed, who led his country from 2008 to 2012, was convicted under anti-terrorism laws in March.

The case has become the setting of a battle between two high-profile British lawyers: Mrs Clooney, the wife of actor George Clooney, is part of an international legal team representing Mr Nasheed; while Cherie Blair's firm, Omnia Strategy, is representing the Maldives government.

Mrs Clooney's team say they will seek travel bans for individuals connected to the Maldivian government until Mr Nasheed is freed. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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