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Amal Clooney Threatened With Arrest. What?

03/01/2015 11:45 | Updated 20 May 2015

Amal Clooney has reportedly been warned that she could be arrested after giving a report that points out flaws in Egypt's judicial system.

Amal Alamuddin Clooney threatened with arrest in Egypt

The human rights lawyer, who married George Clooney in Venice in September 2014, is representing one of three journalist who have been sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail in Egypt.

Amal Clooney on Representing a Journalist Jailed in Cairo

She was reportedly warned by Egyptian officials about the possibility of arrest after pointing out the flaws that led to the conviction of three al-Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed, and Mohamed Fahey in June 2014.

According to the Mirror, after the journalists' appeal this week, Amal said, "When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo.

"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"."

The report was written on behalf of the International Bar Association last February, and said that Egypt's judicial system was not as independent as it could be, and highlighted the control the government can exert over state prosecutors.

Amal is representing Canadian citizen, Mohamed Fahmy. On New Year's Day, a new judge agreed to a retrial, but Amal is concerned it will go the same way.

She told the Guardian, "If the idea is: well, there were errors and now there's going to be a retrial, but then the retrial operates on the same basis as the original one, that doesn't really mean much.

"We have to continue and double our efforts to achieve his release in other ways. Unfortunately we have to conclude that we can't rely on these Egyptian court processes to achieve a fair or swift result."

Clooney is now looking to secure Fahmy's deportation to his home country.

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