Amal Clooney celebrates release of Egyptian journalists from prison

Amal Clooney Celebrates Release Of Egyptian Journalists From Prison
Amal Clooney Celebrates Release Of Egyptian Journalists From Prison

Amal Clooney says she's "encouraged" by an Egyptian court's decision to release Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed on bail.

Fahmy and Mohamed has been in prison since June after they were convicted of spreading false news to help the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now considered a terrorist organization in the country.

A retrial was ordered last month, overturning their convictions. But Clooney, who was one of Fahmy's lawyers, was cautious, saying, "...there is no guarantee that a retrial will be carried out in compliance with international standards or result in the full acquittal on all charges that Fahmy deserves. It may also take several months to complete."

In a bid to win his release, Fahmy renounced his Egyptian citizenship in hopes of being deported to Canada, where he is also a citizen.

A presidential decree allows foreign nationals convicted of crimes in Egypt to be deported.

Clooney is also delving into another international case. She will be a part of a lawsuit involving 11 prisoners known as the "hooded men."

They claim they were tortured by the British army in Northern Ireland in 1971.

Clooney, along with a group of lawyers, will try to get the UK to officially classify the army's actions as "torture."

Clooney, who is married to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, is an international human rights lawyer.

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