05 Jan 2015

Amal Clooney threatened with arrest in Egypt

Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer, says that she was warned she would be arrested if she returned to Cairo - after she authored a report that criticised the Egyptian judicial system.

Amal Clooney

Insulting the judiciary is a criminal offence in Egypt. In an interview, Ms Clooney 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'.' 

IBA report

The report was published eleven months ago. Ms Clooney produced it for the International Bar Association. It looked at issues about the independence of the judiciary including government powers over judges and prosecutors. Source: Business Insider