Amal Clooney Meets with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron After Working to Free Imprisoned Former Maldivian President
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney met with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London Saturday, alongside the former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, as she continues to push for support in the case against her client.
At their meeting, Nasheed thanked Cameron for his support, according to The Independent.
“The prime minister told Mr. Nasheed that the U.K. would continue to raise concerns about the erosion of democracy and wider situation in the Maldives,” a spokesman told the Express & Star, “and it would also continue to discuss the situation with international partners, including how best the international community can make its concerns clear to the Maldivian government.”
In his first taste of freedom in months, Nasheed was allowed to travel to London this week for spinal surgery.
He was found guilty in March under anti-terror laws, in what one United Nations official called a “mockery” of justice.
“I feel strange and uncertain. Just two days ago I was in solitary. And now I’m able to be free, at least right now,” Nasheed said after arriving. “I’d like to thank everyone who made this possible. Especially my lawyers. Everyone – the people of the Maldives who worked so hard.”
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Clooney, 37, who described Nasheed as “the Mandela of the Maldives,” has pressed for sanctions against the Maldives, which would encourage Nasheed’s release.
Nasheed was the island nation’s first democratically elected president, and he has accused other forces of overthrowing him in a 2012 coup, though the government called it a voluntary resignation.
The Maldives has demanded his return from London following the surgery, it is unclear if Nasheed or his family, now living in self-exile in Britain, will oblige – and if not, if the Maldives would seek extradition.
Clooney said earlier this week that his trip to London was “one step closer to justice.”
“But there’s still a lot to do,” she continued. “There are still grave problems in the Maldives and we have a lot to discuss.”