PROTECTIVE dad George Clooney fears for his family’s safety – as his lawyer wife Amal is bringing a case against ISIS to the French courts.
The movie star, 58, said in a podcast: “We don’t want our kids to be targets, so we have to pay attention.”
George and Amal Clooney at the premiere of ‘Catch-22’ in Rome, Italy
“We have real security issues on a daily basis,” the ‘Catch-22’ actor told the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.
Admitting that he “misses” being able to walk freely with his toddler twins, Ella and Alexander in Central Park, Manhattan, the doting dad said he’s also conscious of a “bounty on my kids’ head for a photo”.
The Hollywood star said in the podcast that “everything” had changed since their June 2017 birth, particularly “how you have to protect them”.
Last month, Amal, 41, asked the UN Security Council to prosecute terrorists in Iraq and Syria for rape.
She argued that if it couldn’t stop atrocities of sexual violence from occurring during conflicts, “then at least [the council] must punish it.”
As a result, the council passed a watered-down resolution.
George added that with Amal taking the first case against ISIS to court, “we have plenty of issues – real, proper security issues – that we have to deal with on a fairly daily basis.”
The star said, though, that their family still has to “live our lives… we don’t hide in corners.”
It’s not the first time the couple have had security issues.
Three years ago, George obtained a five-year restraining order against a man who threatened to harm the couple.
TMZ reported back then that Mark Bibbee sent the actor’s team 189 pages of “rambling, delusional and disturbing” documents, including a reference to a fabricated plot to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.
Amal has been representing a group of Iraqi victims, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad – who raised the plight of Yazidi women seized by jihadists – seeking accountability for genocide and other atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against the Yaziki community.
In March, the Iraqi government started exhuming a mass grave left behind by the terrorist group in the northwestern Sinjar region in the presence of Murad, whose slain Yazidi relatives are believed to have been buried in the area.
Murad said it marked the first exhumation of a mass grave containing the remains of Yazidis.
The UN investigative team said in a report to the Security Council on May 23 that the excavation of 12 grave sites has been completed and investigators have started collecting “testimonial evidence.”
The team said investigators plan to focus on three initial areas, including ISIS attacks against the Yazidis, crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence and crimes against children.
Amal's biggest cases
Amal Clooney is a barrister who specialises in public international law, international criminal law and human rights.
Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and people on legal issues in her areas of expertise.
She’s ranked as one of the top lawyers in the UK in the fields of international human rights and international criminal law.
Amal served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria.
She also served as counsel to the UN inquiry on the use of armed drones led by the Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights.
Amal is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones.
In April this year, the Foreign Office announced that Amal had been appointed as the government’s special envoy on media freedom.
Her case profile includes:
- International counsel for news agency Reuters and its journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They were convicted and sentenced to seven years’ prison in Myanmar after reporting on crimes committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar forces. In early May this year, they were freed after spending more than 500 days behind bars.
- She represented former Ukrainian PM, Yulia Tymoshenko, in a human rights claim, in relation to her politically-motivated prosecution and detention in Ukraine.
- Amal also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his extradition case against Sweden in 2011.
- She helped free former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed from jail after 13 years, after he had been subjected to an unfair and politically-motivated trial.
- The Greek Government received legal advice from her in regards to the Parthenon Marbles, as pressure was put on Britain to return the famous ancient sculptures.
- In 2015, she was part of the legal team working towards securing the release of two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt.
- Amal has represented the country of Armenia in its fight for recognition of the Armenian genocide.
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