Amal Alamuddin Clooney, 37, a London-based lawyer specializing in international law, criminal law, human rights and extradition, and the wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, has filed a case against the Philippine government before the UN court.
In a GMA news report, one of Arroyo’s lawyers, Atty. Modesto Ticman, confirmed Clooney’s action against the Philippine government after the latter brought to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD), a body under the UN Commission on Human Rights, the case of the incumbent Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 26, 2015.
The case was filed by Clooney to urge the Philippine government to release GMA from being under hospital arrest.
In a GMA news online interview, Ticman talked about the case filed by the British lawyer. He said, “The case concerns Arroyo’s protracted detention by the Philippine government despite her age, health condition and the court’s continued denial to grant her bail.”
Arroyo’s lawyer further explained that the case is under a special procedure which means all communications between the UN and the Philippine government will remain confidential. However, if the Philippine government will ignore the UN’s appeal, the case will become a regular procedure and will be heard by the UN Human Rights Council.
“Under the special procedure, even us (Arroyo’s lawyers), won’t have access to the UN and Philippine government’s communications. But when it becomes a regular procedure, we can release documents and other information about the case, ” explained Ticman.
Meanwhile in the same report, another Arroyo lawyer, Atty. Larry Gadon, revealed how GMA’s case got Atty. Clooney’s attention.
Gadon said, “ Clooney got interested on GMA’s case on 2013 and even visted her at VMMC to see her condition. It was around that time we found out that a case may be filed before the UN for the violation of Mrs. Arroyo’s human rights. We’ve been in touch with Mrs. Clooney since the second quarter of 2014.”