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Clooney fiancee worked for STL prosecution

File - Lawyer Amal Alamuddin is pictured during a press conference in London on November 5, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS)

BEIRUT: Amal Alamuddin has captured the world’s attention as the fiancee of elusive heartthrob George Clooney, but the raven-haired beauty is a powerhouse in her own right.

As a barrister with the Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Beirut-born 36-year-old was a member of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s prosecution as well as the legal adviser to the head of the U.N. commission investigating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination and other terrorist acts in Lebanon. She was the co-editor of a book called “The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon,” published last year by Oxford University Press.

Aside from her work with the STL, she was also appointed as an adviser to Kofi Annan while he was the joint special envoy of the U.N. and the Arab League on Syria.

Throughout her career, she has not hesitated to represent controversial figures such as former Libyan Intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Alamuddin specializes in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law, and according to British daily The Independent was once voted the “hottest barrister in London” by a legal blog called Your Barrister Boyfriend.

Alamuddin’s father, Ramzi Alamuddin, is a retired business professor at the American University of Beirut and hails from the Chouf town of Baakline. Her mother, Bariaa Miknass, is a veteran journalist who has contributed to numerous publications, including The Daily Star.

She is currently a correspondent and editor at Al-Hayat newspaper.

Bariaa’s brother is Akram Miknass, the CEO of Fortune Promoseven, a leading Lebanese advertising agency.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 30, 2014, on page 3.




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