Clooney urged lawmakers to support the immediate release of her client Mohamed Nasheed.

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated January 13, 2016 08:00 PM
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Amal Clooney is back stateside, not for husband George Clooney‘s Hollywood events, but on business as a top international human rights attorney.

Clooney was seen meeting with lawmakers such as Senator John McCain on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, to discuss issues of human rights in the Maldives as well as the plight of her client, the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed.

The British barrister is defending Nasheed, who was charged with terrorism and sentenced to 13 years in prison after a much-debated trial. Clooney has pleaded for Nasheed’s release writing in The Guardian that his detention is “arbitrary and in violation of international law.”

“Great meeting w/ @KerafaNaseem, Amal Clooney & @JaredGenser today & standing for #HumanRights in the #Maldives,” McCain tweeted on Wednesday.

Clooney, 37, has been busy meeting with several D.C. lawmakers since Tuesday, as seen on co-counsel Jared Genser’s Twitter page. The pair are currently lobbying Congress to level sanctions against the Maldives government unless they release political prisoners including Nasheed, who is a human rights activist and the first president to be elected democratically in the history of the Pacific island nation.

In addition to Capitol Hill, the pair have taken meetings with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, Congressman Chris Smith, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Chris Murphy in downtown D.C. and the White House.

In her quest to free her client, Clooney will be doing her first-ever U.S. network television interview with NBC News anchor Cynthia McFadden.

The sit-down discussion will air on Thursday during Nightly News With Lester Holt with segments also airing Friday on The Today Show.

Clooney previously appeared at the National Press Club in April to “make public a filing to the United Nations Working Group of Arbitrary Detention, urging it to find that Nasheed is being held in violation of international law.”

A legal move she was victorious in winning when the U.N. agreed that Nasheed did not receive a fair trial from the Maldivian authorities.