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Amal Clooney Lashes Out At Egypt After Al-Jazeera Journalists Imprisoned

Amal Clooney Lashes Out At Egypt After Al-Jazeera Journalists Imprisoned

Marwa Fahmy, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy's wife, upon hearing the verdict which sentenced her husband to three years in prison. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP
Marwa Fahmy, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy’s wife, upon hearing the verdict which sentenced her husband to three years in prison. Photo: Amr Nabil/AP

Prominent international lawyer Amal Clooney has criticized Egypt following the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists to prison on Saturday.

Clooney, who attended the trial in Cairo as one of Mohamed Fadel Fahmy’s lawyers, said that the verdict “sends a very dangerous message in Egypt.”

“Every single third party that has looked at the case from the beginning – from the UN, to the EU, the US, the UK – everyone has said there is no evidence to sustain any of the charges,” said Clooney.

“Egypt’s own Supreme court when they looked at this case said there wasn’t sufficient evidence,” added Clooney as she was surrounded by throngs of journalists outside the court in Cairo.

“The verdict today sends a very dangerous message. It sends a message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth and reporting the news. It sends a dangerous message that there are judges in Egypt who will allow their courts to become instruments of political oppression and propaganda,” continued Clooney.

“But there is a solution, your President, President Sisi, has said from the beginning of this case that he wishes the prosecution had never been brought and that he would intervene at the end of the judicial process to grant a pardon if the journalists were re-convicted. That’s exactly what has happened.”

Earlier on Saturday, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste had been sentenced to three years in prison. Baher Mohamed received an additional six month sentence.

The Judge said the defendants had spread false news and were not registered as journalists in Egypt. The judge added that the defendants “are not journalists and are not registered with Egypt’s press syndicate or the State Information Service,” before stating that the defendants possessed unlicensed devices that were used to broadcast false news which harmed the country.

Australian journalist Peter Greste had been released in February and deported under an order by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Condemnations

“Shocked. Outraged. Angry. Upset. None of them convey how I feel right now,” tweeted Peter Greste from Australia, adding that the three year sentences were “so wrong.”

Al-Jazeera’s Acting Director General Moustefa Souag also condemned the sentence as one which defies logic.

“Today’s verdict is yet another deliberate attack on press freedom. It is a dark day for the Egyptian judiciary,” said Souag in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists said that the journalists were sentenced to prison despite a lack of evidence and called on Egypt’s government to end the prosecution.

Amnesty International joined the CPJ in its condemnation, adding that the verdict must be overturned immediately.

The court session was attended by diplomatic officials from the UK, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. The Canadian, British and Dutch Ambassadors attended the session in person.

In his personal capacity, Dutch Ambassador Gerard Steeghs said that the result was “no good news.”

Judicial sources have confirmed that Fahmy, Greste and Mohamed can appeal Saturday’s sentencing.

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  • Latte1

    Amal Alamuddin use’s George Clooney’s name to get terrorist’s off on charges against them or to get them lighter sentence’s. Amal Alamuddin’s recent case, Al Jazeera is also known as Mohammed Fahmy is a known and recently convicted terrorist. Amal Alamuddin play’s Ala Jazeera up as a journalist wrongly accused, when in fact Al Jazeera is very guilty of the recent charge’s against him. Now the world know’s Al Jazeera a.k.a Mohammed Fahmy’s not only a journalist, but a real terrorist. Amal Alamuddin say’s she is a human right’s attorney, but who’s human right’s does Amal Alamuddin look after? The victim or the criminal? With the recent Al Jazeera Journalist/terrorist case Amal Alamuddin showed her true color’s. Amal Alamuddin is hero to the criminal. And, from the above article George Clooney, in all his humor, is onto Amal Alamuddin’s fake human right’s lawyer game.

  • Latte1

    George Clooney is not gay. George Clooney is very aware that Amal Alamuddin is using his good name to get terrorist’s off of the charges against them. George Clooney is, as much as it seem’s like a lie, in the process of divorcing Amal. Soon Amal will have to take Clooney off of her first name and not use George Clooney to get her client’s and families off on their illegal activities.

  • Elisa Calesterio

    the best thing that Amal should do is to get OUT of Egypt….that is not her territory …lol…..she should not be allowed to step back in to the country…(Egypt) let the egyptian law/people get on with it….Abide and follow the RULES of the land…

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  • Latte1

    “Amal Alamuddin is using George Clooney to get a name in Hollywood and use George Clooney’s name to win case’s for her law firm. Amal Alamuddin is in lust with George Clooney’s fame and I doubt Amal Alamuddin’s true intention’s with George Clooney. George Clooney need’s to question why Amal Alamuddin is pressuring him-George Clooney into selling all of his real estate. Is Amal Alamuddin still a contractor with Emaar Properties Group-an Arabic Real Estate Company or not? As well, what benefit does Amal Alamudidn get out of George Clooney selling all of his-George Clooney’s real estate? I am sure the prenup detailed that the properties are his-George Clooney’s and not Amal Alamuddin’s.
    Also, is Amal legally married to the man in the picture’s, Xavier LaRoche, because when Amal is not with George Clooney, Amal is with Xavier LaRoche. Latte1” ###

    • Between the Lines

      Where did you pull out that dusty old picture….you jealous Trouble Maker?

      People like you need to sit down and try to get a proper education instead of attacking bright, beautiful people. They got where they are by doing precisely the opposite of what you do. Start by googling her profession. She’s been a known Human Rights Lawyer long before she married Clooney. You are just a very sick, jealous person!
      Now eat your heart out!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amal_Clooney

      • Latte1

        I have nothing to be jealous about with Amal. I am extremely successful in my field. Amal Alamuddin has been a human right’s lawyer since before she met George Clooney, but Amal Alamuddin never drew public attention to her practice until after George Clooney and Amal got engaged.

        • Between the Lines

          Dear Jealous One,
          From the moment a woman marries or even dates a man like George Clooney, her life automatically becomes drawn to public attention. She does not need to try.
          Now leave that bright beauty alone you ugly frog.

          • Latte1

            Between the Lines considering the fact that I am a straight man and happily married, I would say that your statement about my being jealous is very unfounded, but I did get a good laugh. LMAO

          • Between the Lines

            Great.
            Even though I strongly suspect you’re a woman.
            No straight happily married man would post incriminating pictures of a beautiful woman. Unless he’s a jilted lover.
            That is the domain of jealous women.

          • Latte1

            I am a man and happily married. I’m happen to know Amal Alamuddin and her family. Amal Alamuddin was a non-celebrity before she married George Clooney and she was NEVER in the public eye. Obviously, being George Clooney’s wife she is going to be in the public eye, but Amal Alamuddin and her entire blood family are cashing in on Amal Alamuddin being related to George Clooney. The man need’s to divorce Amal Alamuddin because Amal Alamuddin is using George Clooney’s celebrity name to gain public popularity and to gain a partnership with her law firm. I also know that within the past 1 1/2 year’s, Amal Alamuddin recently graduated with her barrister’s license. The public deserve’s to know who Amal Alamuddin truly is and who her family is, read the popdust story, “Get To Know Amal Clooney and her Family of High Powered Relative’s”. The writer of the story lead’s people to believe that being related to criminal’s is a good thing. Tell me how much do you now think Amal’s relaitive’s get from the publicity Amal intentionally give’s her case’s, so her guilty client’s and family can be set free?

          • Between the Lines

            Dear Frustrated,
            The more you speak, the worse you sound.
            The more desperate and psychotic.
            Take your pills, get off the news for a few days,
            Go down to Sharm or Mursa and enjoy God’s creation. You will be fine afterward. I promise.

          • Latte1

            Amal Alamuddin is about to get kicked out of the bright light of the celebrity star’s.

          • Arie Bier

            You are really sick in your head. You believe the stories you make up yourself. Take my advice. go see a good doctor.

          • Latte1

            George Clooney is very aware that Amal Alamuddin is using his good name to get terrorist’s off of the charges against them. George Clooney is, as much as it seem’s like a lie, in the process of divorcing Amal. Soon Amal will have to take Clooney off of her first name and not use George Clooney to get her client’s and families off on their illegal activities.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09cd3067c4926ff560870dd34d3a287373c475f1f1c9fd8d4337008ac881f078.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4890ddd6633a0b235ae96396db52c349bfbf5259086c33a967fc23a9a28e733.jpg

          • Latte1

            It is extremely obvious that Amal Alamuddin is using George Clooney’s good name to keep her client’s out of prison or get them lighter sentence’s. Did you read the Popdust story that talked about Amal Alamuddin’s blood family? “Get To Know Amal Clooney and Her High Powered Relatives” The writer make’s Amal’s blood family look great, when I fact they aren’t. George Clooney put that aside to have a relationship with Amal Alamuddin, only to find out that she is a lying, manipulative, fake person. Since George Clooney found out about Amal Alamudidn’s lies, he looked into the accusation’s against Amal. I am sure George Clooney is not going to let Amal and her blood family use him and Gid help the man to divorce Amal.

          • Latte1

            Everyday this is proved in the press. Amal Alamuddin use’s George Clooney’s name to keep her barrister license and keep criminal’s out of prison or get’s them light sentence’s. George Clooney is aware of what Amal is really up too.

        • Arie Bier

          You know what “one hand washes the other means”?

          • Latte1

            Amal Alamuddin use’s George Clooney’s name to keep her barrister license and keep criminal’s out of prison or get’s them light sentence’s. George Clooney is aware of what Amal is really up too.

      • Latte1

        As I said I am a writer, it is my obligation to write the truth. Amal Alamuddin was never heard of before she met George Clooney; and if I wanted notoriety and fame, I would put my real name, instead of my blogger’s name.

      • Latte1

        My comment’s are very true.

      • Arie Bier

        Very well said.

  • Fahima

    There are a lot of accomplished experienced high caliber lawyers to present prisoners such as these three journalists. Why would anyone choose Amal as a lawyer. The chick is nothing but publicity stunt!

  • Fahima

    They need a much more experienced lawyer than Amal Clooney who is a junior at her firm and has not even won a case. she is just publicized as a famous lawyer. When did she work on this case anyway? she keeps vacationing and traveling for fun with her husband!

  • Minymina

    No $h!t Amal Clooney was defending them and criticizing the verdict. She’s their f**king defiance, what do you expect?

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