Amal Clooney has joined another high profile legal case. The renowned human rights lawyer is now part of the team of lawyers representing two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been held in jail in Myanmar since their arrest in December last year, when they were accused of possessing government papers.
The court in Yangon has been holding preliminary hearings of whether the two journalists, who were investigating the killings of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, western Myanmar, can be charged under the Official Secrets Act, which has a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. On Wednesday, lawyers for the pair asked the court to throw out the charges, citing a lack of evidence.
In a statement released by her office, Clooney said: ‘Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are being prosecuted simply because they reported the news. I have reviewed the case file and it is clear beyond doubt that the two journalists are innocent and should be released immediately.’
‘The outcome of this case will tell us a lot about Myanmar’s commitment to the rule of law and freedom of speech.’
A spokesperson for the country’s civilian government has so far declined to comment, though Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN said last month that the pair had been arrested for ‘illegally possessing confidential government documents.’
This is the latest in a string of major human rights cases for Amal, who last year welcomed twins Ella and Alexander with her husband George. Most recently, she represented five Irish prisoners who were subjected to sensory deprivation techniques in custody during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and took their case to the European Court of Human Rights. Prior to that, she represented Nadia Murad, a Yazidi victim of so-called ISIS.
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At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in 2015, Amal wore a red dress by Paule Ka.
Amal visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens in 2014, and wore a Chanel suit.
On the eve of their wedding in Venice in 2014, Amal wore a striped Dolce & Gabbana dress.
In Venice in 2014, Amal looked divine in a Giambattista Valli dress.
Amal wowed in a strapless, floor-length black Dolce & Gabbana gown when she attended the Celebrity Fight Night in Italy in 2014, alongside husband George.
Amal wore a Stella McCartney suit when she landed at Marco Polo Airport in Venice, in 2014.
Amal wore a Camilla Bona dress when she visited the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports in 2014.
Amal stunned in a black Dior gown at the 72nd Annual Golden Awards in 2015.
Amal was out in Soho, New York in 2015 wearing a Gucci blouse and carrying a Balenciaga bag.
Amal wore Giambattista Valli trousers with a plain black top in New York in spring 2015.
On the set of George Clooney's film Money Monster in New York in 2015, Amal wore Giambattista Valli blouse with jeans and platforms.
Amal wore a black, white and red Alexander McQueen dress with black stilettos when she was out with husband George in New York in spring 2015.
Amal and George attended 'China: Through the Looking Glass' 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2015. Amal wore a scarlet Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano.
At the Tomorrowland premiere in Tokyo in 2015, Amal wowed in a custom gold Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano.
Out in London in 2015, Amal looked chic in a khaki jumpsuit by Sonia Rykiel, and tan mules.
At the Casamigos Tequila Spain launch in Ibiza, 2015, Amal dazzled in a gold sequin mini dress.
Amal wore a Giambattista Valli gown when she attended the premiere of her husband's film Hail, Caesar! in early 2016.
Amal and George attended the MPTF 95th anniversary 'Hollywood's Night Under The Stars' in 2016. Amal wore silk high-waisted Ossie Clark trousers with an off-shoulder black top.
Amal attended the Charlotte Tilbury Christmas Party in 2015 wearing a metallic silver two-piece by Lanvin.
When speaking at the Texas Conference for Women Amal wore a pinstriped dress by Giorgio Armani.
Amal and George attend the Netflix special screening and reception of The White Helmets. Amal opted for a floral Dolce and Gabbana dress.
Whilst running around New York in the summer, Amal's style never flounders. Here she rocks the preppy look in a Gucci contrast pussy bow dress.
Amal was spotted out on the streets of Manhattan in September wearing dogtooth trousers, a long red coat, big shades and pointed stilettos. We're obsessed with this look.