CAIRO: The Interior Ministry has denied it banned lawyer and human rights activist Amal Clooney entry to Egypt, assuring that “there is nothing may preclude her anytime she wants.”
The statement published on the ministry’s Facebook page denied what was reported earlier by the Guardian Jan. 02, that Clooney was warned by officials in Egypt she risked arrest due to a report written by her and her legal team criticizing the judicial system in Egypt, even before being involved in the Al Jazeera case. However, it was not clear specifically who exactly told her so among the Egyptians officials or entities.
“When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo,” Clooney told 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,” the Guardian quoted Clooney.
Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Jan. 01 that Clooney issued a formal request to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to release Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, who is accused along with Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed, who are accused in the case of Al-Jazeera staff jailed in Egypt and known as “The Marriott Cell.”
Last July, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced the three journalists to between 3-7 years in prison for helping a terrorist organization, In reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Youm7 reported, Jan. 01 that the appeals court accepted the retrial of the three journalists; delegations from the Australian and Canadian embassies were reported to be attending the court session.
Shabaan Saaed, the defendants’ lawyer told Youm7 in statements Thursday that the final verdict against the journalists should have be canceled for “deficiencies in the cases.”