The British lawyer released a statement addressing threats of forcible detention made against her longtime client, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.
“Any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain President Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law,” Clooney said in a statement. “President Nasheed should not be returned to the Maldives to serve a sentence that resulted from a sham trial, and it is incumbent on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that his rights are respected while he is in their country.”
Nasheed was charged with terrorism in 2005 and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a controversial trial. Clooney and her legal team have argued that Nasheed had been wrongfully imprisoned and that his detention was in violation of international law.
Nasheed was granted asylum in the U.K. in May 2016.
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