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Clooney Fiancée Ignites Controversy with Defense of Gaddafi Official Accused of War Crimes

Actor George Clooney’s fiancé, the Lebanese-born attorney Amal Alamuddin, has been on the front pages of gossip columns for weeks. Increasing scrutiny of her past legal work has, however, resulted in Alamuddin becoming the subject of investigations by front page reporters as well.

Alamuddin is raising eyebrows by appealing against a decision to allow the trail of the suspected Libyan war criminal, former Muammar Gaddafi spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, to move forward in that war-torn country. Alamuddin contends that al-Senussi cannot receive a fair hearing in that country and he is likely to face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes of which he is accused.

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Alongside Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, al-Senussi is accused of orchestrating a number of atrocities against Libyan opposition figures. He has been accused by the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity for overseeing the torture and deaths of 1,200 Libyan inmates. The Libyan spy chief was also convicted in abstentia of playing a role in the 1989 bombing of a French airliner.

[h/t Al Arabiya ]

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