Human Rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, has denied claims that she was threatened with arrest by Egyptian officials over her work representing three Al Jazeera journalists, the mailonline reports.
According to a Guardian report last week, republished in Urnaija, the human rights lawyer was warned after presenting a report identifying cracks in the judiciary that led to the conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists last year.
On Sunday, however, Mrs Clooney clarified that the warning came in early 2014 – months before she took on the case – when officials said publishing a report could lead to her arrest.
The International Bar Association moved the report’s launch from Cairo to London as a result.
Writing in an op-ed for the Huffington Post – which calls for the release of detained reporter Mohamed Fahy – Mrs Clooney wrote: ‘The journalist has since apologized for the misleading presentation of this matter in the article and corrections were made to the text to attempt to address this.’
Her words come after Egypt’s interior ministry spokesman Hani Abdel Latif denied the allegations from Mrs Clooney, demanding she reveal who threatened her.
‘She should say exactly who said that,’ Abdel Latif said. ‘Why not specify from the start who told her that?’
‘We have nothing against her,’ he said.
Mrs Clooney’s report, which was written before she became involved in the Al-Jazeera case, was considered highly controversial for its criticisms of Egypt’s courts.
Speaking to The Guardian after the Al Jazeera journalists’ appeal hearing this week, she 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”.’
The report, compiled on behalf of the International Bar Association, suggested Egypt’s judicial system was insufficiently independent.
It highlighted the fact that officials in the ministry of justice have too much power over judges and the government too much control over public prosecutors.