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Amal Clooney Responds to Egypt's Threat to Arrest Her

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.’”

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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.”

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  • Jay

    I don’t know if the world has always been like this or has it gotten worse in the last 10 years. Corruption is rampant and I can’t see anything changing.

  • Aaron Williams

    She’s right, though. The judges need to be fair and partial: the punishment must fit the crime, and if that isn’t followed then there is certainly a violation of civil rights being upon those committed a crime. Corruption incites revolution and if Egypt wants to continue down this road, than I think international courts should reprimand Egypt’s courts.

  • Mansgame

    The same thing to a lower extent goes on in the US too when people suing try to find state with a sympathetic judge. Anti immigration nuts have been trying to shop their agenda to every hick judge in the south and sue the president. Same with the anti gay hate mongers.

  • Drew Flanagan

    “Civil Rights” LMAO. (nsfw language)

  • Dude

    I don’t care what anyone thinks of her – it’s damn uplifting to have an article featuring a woman who clearly has intelligence and contributes more to the world than just selfies (cough cough, Kardashians, cough).

  • cyclesn

    Ahem, well, if you read more than just celebrity gossip, then you’d be uplifted of every minute of every day. Amal seems to think of herself as “intimidating” and something special, and the tabloids certainly like to present her as so, but it’s kind of old news to have women barristers and women who are just has capable as men.

  • cs

    Why does she have to be referred to as the “wife of George Clooney?” She already has a lot of power behind her name and her intelligence.

  • Penny Dreadful

    No one threatened to arrest her. She was told her team was “at risk of arrest”. That is not the same as a stone cold THREAT. Ugh, I’m sick of this woman. She takes 20 vacations a year, whored out her wedding in disgustingly elitist fashion, changed her name so she could increase her chances of being recognized, and uses her new “fame” to over-grandize her “causes”. Can’t STAND her.

  • purna

    I think it is the media who made her look like an intimidating person. She never made any statement before this that shows arrogance or over confidence. As a woman, when reading about how the media appraise her accomplishments, I felt insecure, but then I realize that it was the explanation from the media that makes me feel insecure not her. Yes of course there are female barristers anywhere but still you cannot help it if she receives more exposures since she is marring a celebrity. It makes a big difference.

  • Uuta

    Being warned that your team is at risk of arrest is a good warning. The West does not run like the Middle East. Hasn’t anyone seem how much democracy hurts govts in the middle east? How many collapses have we had in the past couple of years because of trying to initiate democracy? Terrorists take advantage of democracy. That is why it doesn’t work here.

    We need a system that works, not some do-gooder (Clooney) who judges other countries in how they do things. I don’t know what her nationality is, but it is certainly not Egyptian. Egypt, to the West, may seem harsh right now, but the system is working because it works at throwing out terrorism and strengthening Egypt. Any one loose link, will encourage terrorists, like IS, to come in — and we do NOT want them. Prez al-SIsi is doing a fantastic job.

  • FormerLamark

    Oh, Did the name MRS. CLOONEY NOT help her??? Poor fame wh#re!!! It seems they don’t know the famous wh#re monger Mr. Clooney in Egypt, in vain she took his wonderful name….I wish she was arrested!!!!

  • N/A

    UGLY FREAK AMAL ALAMUDDIN IS A LAZY NON-entity in a fake marraige. Clooney himself calls her “ugly” & a “transvestite.” She repulses him.
    She has the ugliest, manliest big-nosed face and a body of a gigantic, slimy transgender trying to look petite by slouching & starving herself..
    Klinger from M*A*S*H is Lebanese too, and looks incredibly like her in drag. Amal DOES NOT WORK. She was selected to contract as a “wife” as part of a multi-PR arrangement.
    An Oxford graduate who has done nothing much but junior clerking since she graduated. Oh, handy CIA asset to front for a bigger scenario too..

  • Penny Dreadful

    98% of women in her position (in various fields) who married later in life when their career was well-established and in high gear (as we’re told over and over and over ad nauseum that Amal’s career is) keep their maiden name — either as a feminist gesture or because they were known by their maiden name throughout their career and it’s easier to keep it, or a combination of both. But not Amal. Her married name is a BRAND and she knows it.

  • Penny Dreadful

    She loves being referred to that way. Why do you think she took his name? Why do you think she whored her wedding out like a member of some royal family?

    Amal has ZERO “power” in her career. This is a myth perpetuated ad nauseum by George’s PR machine … and gullible folks like you.

  • Revengefan0101

    Or maybe it’s just a personal choice?

  • Suck OnMy Node & SwallowMyLoad

    lame greasy camel… barf

  • Penny Dreadful

    They’re ALL “personal choices” … that goes without saying. What a dumb, empty comment.

  • Don Juan

    Who cares? This is an entertainment site… Not Arab Islamic news.
    Why pollute the readers’ leisure time by showing a brutally ugly lame tranny?

  • cyclesn

    I was also surprised at how they much pimped themselves out with the wedding as the pivot, trying to turn themselves into the next Brangelina or something. Really desperate.

  • cyclesn

    I don’t know how she can make anyone insecure with her resume. Human rights law is hardly lucrative; people in law school might do a summer break internship at the Hague or with a refugee agency but you wouldn’t go into it for the money or even “status” as far as fields of law are concerned. It’s not even particularly difficult as an area of law (tax, securities and finance related areas, and international trade law are much more difficult), and it attracts mythomaniacs who want to save the world. It’s cooked up by the media, but she obviously has encouraged a lot of the attention. Also, Cambridge law is actually more highly ranked. And I believe woman tend to have higher enrollment ratios to men in “intimidating” degrees such as law and medicine nowadays.

  • cyclesn

    And law – or even medicine – as the elite of the elite professions is no longer. The smartest graduates of today go into finance, consulting, and tech. That’s why Amal’s public image seems so old fashioned and out of touch. Why is she being sold to us as some kind of careerist mega achiever? She’s not. I’m more impressed with Chelsea Clinton’s academic and professional achievements.

  • FormerLamark

    It is really-really a good news that 98% of them keep their name! But…what about the majority who still believe that without a man’s name are not worth anything (like MRS. Clooney because his name is a “brand”) and proudly beat their breasts as MRS.? In this patriarchal society, everything is on men’s name: women, children, house, car, dog, cat, dustbin and so on. Still a Mrs. Clinton wants to run for president and not a Miss Rodham. It will not change until nobody comes to mind to take the husband’s name but rather to feel offended and be proud of herself and not to refer to that this is a “wonderful tradition” to follow without reason and “you do not have to wonder who ever came up with it and why” and taking husband name is “free own decision” of women (father, forment me!). But nobody wants to think about why an equal, adult, independent woman should be given a name by a man, why women’s names are not equal men’s names at all and why do we have to still tolerate this patriarchal society and why are we happy with it?
    As long as these questions do not come to all women’s mind until this 98% will be the minority, the exception that proves the rule.
    Shall we live to see this? People do not like to think…despite we are the only species who can.

  • my milkshake…

    The objective of Amal Alamuddin bringing focus to this is supposedly because she’s using self-important borderline A-list actor George Clooney’s fame to bring attention to it.

    And with it controversy….

    He covets AJ & BP’s Hollywood power couple status.

    Alas, dumb George ended up with a greasy looking she male who he even jokes about her physical appearance…

    And Brad Pitt has a beautiful, successful woman he loves.

    George is disturbed enough to want to restructure his image as an elite respectable politically active sophisticated activist.

    He’s not.

    Just likes to portray that image.

  • Penny Dreadful

    We don’t live in a patriarchal society. That is bulls*t.

  • FormerLamark

    Really? Which planet do you live on?