Amal Clooney today met with Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street to lobby him over the jailing of the former president of the Maldives.
Mrs Clooney, 37, is representing Mohamed Nasheed who was deposed from his post in a military coup in 2012.
Nasheed, 48, became the first democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean nation and was jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges following his overthrow.
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Amal Clooney, right, met with Prime Minister David Cameron, centre, to raise the issue of the former president of the Maldives Mohammed Nasheed, left, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2012 and imprisoned for 13 years on terrorism charges after a dubious trial
Mrs Clooney, right, has lobbied Mr Cameron, centre, previously on Mr Nasheed’s behalf following his controversial conviction back home
Mr Nasheed, pictured, was granted temporary release from prison so he could fly to London to undergo spinal surgery
According to Downing Street, Mr Cameron will occasionally hold meetings at Number 10 on a Saturday ‘depending on his schedule’. However, as soon as the meeting was over, Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha jumped into a car to ‘chillax’ for the remainder of the weekend.
The former president was given temporary release from prison for 30 days and was allowed to fly to London for spinal surgery.
He was warmly greeted by Mrs Clooney after he touched down at Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon.
This is the second time Mrs Clooney has met the Prime Minister to lobby him about Nasheed’s plight.
She attended the House of Commons in June along with Mr Nasheed’s wife Mr Nasheed’s Laila Ali to raise the matter.
Mr Cameron has already sent out his deputy foreign minister Hugo Swire to the Maldives to hold talks with the current president Abdulla Yameen over Mr Nasheed’s situation.
After losing power, Nasheed was jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges. The conviction has been criticised by the United Nations who said he should be released and compensated for his wrongful detention.
The Maldives new hardline president, Abdulla Yameen, has dismissed the UN’s concerns and insists that Nasheed is guilty.
Mrs Clooney, who is representing Nasheed, greeted him upon his arrival at Heathrow Airport.
The renowned international human rights lawyer is married to Hollywood actor and director George Clooney.
The Maldives government said Nasheed was travelling under what diplomatic sources described as a deal brokered by India, Sri Lanka and Britain.
Mrs Clooney met with Mr Cameron in June in the House of Commons to raise Mr Nasheed’s plight with the British government
As soon as the meeting with Mrs Clooney was over Mr Cameron, right, ditched his suit and himself and Mrs Cameron, left, went to ‘chillax’
But Nasheed refused a government request to leave a relative behind to act as a guarantor liable to prosecution if he failed to return to serve the rest of his sentence following his spinal cord surgery.
After a tense back and forth over conditions, the government finally agreed late Monday to let him leave.
His aides said he had held extensive meetings with Western ambassadors in Colombo to discuss the political turmoil on the upmarket holiday island nation.
Hamid Abdul Ghaffor, Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) spokesman said: ‘He is physically a bit weak because he was in jail, but psychologically he is in good condition.
‘He said he is hopeful of political revival once he returns from the surgery. During his visits to Colombo and London, he is likely to meet a number of exiled party members who have left the country amid pressure by the government.’
The United States praised the temporary release of Nasheed and Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted: ‘Release of Mohamed Nasheed is step in the right direction; urge more engagement from government of Maldives on democracy, shared challenges.’
Mrs Clooney last week condemned President Abdullah Yameen’s administration and said Nasheed’s case showed that democracy is ‘dead in the Maldives’.
Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on Monday rejected Clooney’s criticism. Defending the Maldives, popular for its pristine beaches, scuba diving and high-end tourism, Maumoon said Clooney had ‘spun a compelling tale’ but it was not true.
Nasheed was ousted in disputed circumstances in 2012 for ordering the arrest of a judge. His conviction was condemned by United Nations, the United States and human rights groups as politically motivated.
Mr Nasheed was warmly greeted by his lawyer Mrs Clooney after he touched down in Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon, pictured