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Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

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Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Aug 18 2015, 19:16

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Nasheed’s lawyers, including Amal Clooney, to visit Maldives in September

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The international legal team representing former President Mohamed Nasheed, now under house arrest on a terrorism charge, are set to visit the Maldives in early September.
Three-month visas for the three heavyweight human rights lawyers, were approved on Monday, weeks after the Maldives refused to issue a work visa for lawyer Jared Genser, the founder of the renowned campaign group for political prisoners Freedom Now
Other members of the team are Amal Clooney, who has advised the UN and is the wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, and Ben Emmerson, a UN rights chief on counter-terrorism and human rights.
The three helped the opposition leader file a petition with the UN working group on arbitrary detention, requesting a judgment declaring Nasheed’s 13-year jail term on terrorism charges arbitrary and illegal.
A ruling is expected in September or October, Nasheed’s office has said.
The lawyers’ visit, expected in the first week of September, will be brief, the office has said.
Nasheed was sentenced over the arrest of a judge during his tenure. The trial was widely criticized for lack of due process, and world leaders including UK Prime Minister David Cameron have called for his release.
Genser was initially denied a business visa upon his arrival in Malé on July 20. Immigration officials first said he required a letter of support from the Supreme Court, and then asked for a letter from the Attorney General’s Office, according to Nasheed’s office.
Genser and Clooney have accompanied Nasheed’s wife, Laila Ali, on visits with Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and EU parliamentarians as part of the campaign to free him.
The government in the response to the UN insisted judges followed due process in Nasheed’s trial. Omnia Strategy, chaired by Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, was commissioned to write the response.
Nasheed was jailed for five months, and transferred to house arrest amidst negotiations between the government and the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). His sentence was later commuted to house arrest.
A presidential pardon was expected on July 23, but the state in an unprecedented announcement said it will appeal Nasheed’s guilty verdict. The process has been slow, and documents have not yet reached the High Court.
The MDP has accused the government of failing to honor a commitment to release Nasheed, saying it had engaged in talks in good faith and backed several government proposals including the impeachment of former Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, and two constitutional amendments.


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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by Silje on Tue Sep 01 2015, 18:38

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Sep 01 2015, 18:54

Just saw this in the paper in London.

Now this could get very interesting!

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by LornaDoone on Wed Sep 02 2015, 02:39

Wow.

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Wed Sep 02 2015, 10:39

Ever more interesting................

Cherie Blair QC's law firm and defending lawyer for current President, accused of unethical profiteering in the Maldives case

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As we know Amal and her team already have the backing of the US and UK governments in the attempt to free the former President

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by LizzyNY on Wed Sep 02 2015, 13:38

Seems to me anyone operating at that level deals with pretty sleazy people and walks a pretty fine line. Amal's clients haven't all been saints and angels either.

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Wed Sep 02 2015, 14:32

Nope, you're right. But there's an old phrase that still stands which goes 'the law is there for the people you don't much like as well as the people you do like'

And this is just bit different, when a former Prime Minister's wife's own company which she is head of unethical profiteering!

Gather from the Hillary Clinton emails that she, Cherie Blair, never stopped lobbying Clinton for the Emir of Qatar too.......headline news yesterday and still rumbling on..........

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Thu Sep 03 2015, 22:54

Looks like one of the legal team had to wait for a visa to be granted......now next Monday........


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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by Jenn on Fri Sep 04 2015, 15:01

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Member of President Nasheed's legal team stabbed ahead of Amal Clooney & @JaredGenser's visit to #Maldives. Scare tactics. Typical thug MO.

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Fri Sep 04 2015, 15:39

Very scary stuff. Another lawyer was stabbed in February I think And this incident is now being 'investigated' by the 'government'............


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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by carolhathaway on Fri Sep 04 2015, 17:03

Really frightening, a "nice" way to try to manipulate this case...

George must be worried about his wife going there...

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Fri Sep 04 2015, 18:35

........and according to this, she's off to India and Sri Lanka when she leaves..

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Mon Sep 07 2015, 14:15

Today president's wife. Jared Genser and Ben Emmerson QC there too. Local lawyer on team has been knifed in the head and taken to Sri Lanka for further treatment

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Mon Sep 07 2015, 14:16

.....sorry that was supposed to read with the president's wife........

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by melbert on Mon Sep 07 2015, 15:29

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September 0715:232015 by Zaheena Rasheed
Opposition supporters gathered at the Malé airport with a drumming band to welcome jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed’s international lawyer Amal Clooney today.

“I’m here to represent President Nasheed, your former president, who fought so hard to bring human rights and democracy to this country, and who is now a political prisoner here, one of many unfortunately,” Clooney said.
Clooney, a high profile human rights lawyer and wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, is working with Jared Genser, the founder of the renowned campaign group for political prisoners Freedom Now, and Ben Emmerson, a UN rights chief on counter-terrorism and human rights, to free Nasheed.

“We are hoping to make some advances this week regarding President Nasheed’s case. My colleague Jared Genser will be coming in tomorrow. We will be visiting President Nasheed in prison while we are here and holding meetings with government officials, and I will address the press in due course on the outcome of those meetings,” Clooney said.

Clooney and Genser will stay in the Maldives until September 13.

“I’m here unfortunately at a time when the human rights situation and security situation is deteriorating day by day, just three days ago, one of my colleagues, a lawyer and member of President Nasheed’s team, Mahfooz Saeed was brutally stabbed in the street and he’s undergoing treatment at the moment,” Clooney said. Saeed was stabbed in the head with a diving knife on Friday.

The airport arrival terminal was packed with Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters, leaders and MPs. Clooney’s flight from Dubai landed at 3pm.


Nasheed’s international legal team helped the opposition leader file a petition with the UN working group on arbitrary detention, requesting a judgment declaring his 13-year jail term on terrorism charges arbitrary and illegal.

A ruling is expected in September or October, Nasheed’s office has said.
Nasheed was sentenced over the arrest of a judge during his tenure. The trial was widely criticized for lack of due process, and world leaders including UK Prime Minister David Cameron have called for his release.
Nasheed was taken back to jail on August 23, shortly after the government commuted his sentence to house arrest. The government now denies having commuted the sentence.

Clooney and Genser are to visit the opposition leader at the high security prison on Maafushi Jail.
The pair have accompanied Nasheed’s wife, Laila Ali, on visits with Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and EU parliamentarians as part of the campaign to free him.

The government in the response to the UN insisted judges followed due process in Nasheed’s trial. Omnia Strategy, chaired by Cherie Blair, the wife of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, was commissioned to write the response.


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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by party animal - not! on Mon Sep 07 2015, 15:33

...........and now the Mailonline.......

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Re: Amal Clooney and legal team to visit Maldives in September

Post by annemarie on Mon Sep 07 2015, 16:53

I hope that the lawyers have really good security.

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