Amal Clooney Claims Egyptian Official Threatened Her with Arrest

TIME

Usually it’s her husband facing off against foreign governments in one of his thrillers – but after criticizing the Egyptian legal system, Amal Clooney says she was threatened with a real-life prison cell.

The judiciary criticisms came in a report written for theInternational Bar Association in February, in which Clooney, 36, called into question numerous perceived flaws in the Egyptian court system – flaws that she believes directly led to the conviction of one of her clients.

“When I went to launch the report, first of all they stopped us from doing it in Cairo,” Clooney, a human rights lawyer in the U.K., said in an interview with 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.'”

Clooney’s report suggested that certain government officials hold too much power over judges and…

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