Amal Clooney Responds to Egypt's Threat to Arrest Her
Amal Clooney recently opened up about her fight against Egypt’s judiciary system while representing an Al Jazeera journalist, who is currently in jail in Cairo.
“When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo,” the 36-year-old lawyer and wife of George Clooney shared to 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 her report, Amal suggested that officials should not be allowed to hand-select judges for some cases, but she was ignored. “That recommendation wasn’t followed, and we’ve seen the results of that in this particular case where you had a handpicked panel led by a judge who is known for dispensing brutal verdicts. And this one was no different,” Amal said.
“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,” Amal stated. “I don’t see how the prosecution can proceed again in a trial process even if the judges were to be constituted properly this time around. I don’t see how they could fix the lack of evidence.”
Amal added, “Unfortunately we have to conclude that we can’t rely on these Egyptian court processes to achieve a fair or swift result.”