George Clooney’s wife takes Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s case to UN

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.

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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.”

Adding to it he said, “Clooney is convinced the former president is a victim of political persecution after studying her case. For one, the British lawyer pointed out that it was only Arroyo who has not been allowed by the Sandiganbayan to post bail even though her other co-accused in the plunder suit have been granted the same privilege.”

According to Gadon, Clooney’s conclusion was based on the documents and other information regarding the plunder case they sent to her after she lawyer asked them to do so.
When the lawyer was asked on GMA’s reaction, Ticman said, “She (Arroyo) appreciates what Atty. Amal did. She’s happy because Atty. Amal, who has international stature, is concerned about her plight. Now her case has gotten the attention of the UN and the international community.”
“Sana magising ang ating mga justices sa ginagawa nilang panggigipit kay Mrs. Arroyo. Mrs. Clooney has already brought international attention to the case by filing it before the UN,” Gadon also said when asked what benefit it will give if the Arroyo’s case will have a UN intervention. ( I hope our justices realize how they are giving Mrs. Arroyo a  hard time. )