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Amal Clooney’s ‘Maldives danger’

Amal Clooney is supposedly in a very compromised situation as she campaigns to legally protect the Maldives’ first democratically elected president.

The 37-year-old international law and human rights attorney visited the archipelago country, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, this week to meet with the nation’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed at the place where he is jailed.

Although Mohamed is no longer president, having lost the 2013 election to current head of state Abdulla Yameen, Amal and her legal team contends his arrest is in violation of international law.

And it’s claimed she is not welcome there by many people who would like to cause physical harm to her.

“Amal is in a pretty rough spot right now in the Maldives," a source told People magazine. “President Nasheed is a really good, forward-thinking man, in a really dangerous situation, and Amal being there is really tricky and really dangerous."

Before Amal arrived to the country, her co-counsel Mahfooz Saeed was stabbed in the head on September 4 outside his Malé hotel by men in masks and Mahfooz remains in critical condition at the hospital.

But Amal will supposedly not back down from her duties, as she is aware her work as a human rights lawyer is fraught with danger.

"She's in a place she knew was dangerous going in, but this is her [work]," the insider noted of actor George Clooney’s wife. "She's doing such an amazing job and taking such big risks and doing it all for no money. These are cases that aren't easily won.

"She's always been this way. She did a little bit of corporate law early on in New York and realised it was boring and she wanted to be a human rights attorney. It's what drives her.

"It's not about fame or money or any of that for her."

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