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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amal Alamuddin, now Amal Clooney, in Greece for Parthenon Marbles bid

     


The Lebanon-born British human rights attorney, now listed as "Amal Clooney" on the website for her London-based law firm, is in Athens with a team of lawyers to submit proposals for a new boost to Greece's campaign to reclaim the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon Sculptures from Britain.

"Amal Clooney is a barrister specializing in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law," her bio on the Doughty Street Chambers website states. "She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the U.K. and U.S."
Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas said he had long discussions Tuesday with Clooney and her two colleagues on a potential legal bid for the works.

The marble sculptures, which for more than 2,000 years decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis, were removed more than two centuries ago by Lord Elgin, a Scottish nobleman, and are displayed in London's British Museum.

Greece maintains they were illegally removed during Greece's Turkish occupation and should be returned for display in a new Athens museum -- which the British Museum and the British government reject.

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