A threat of serious consequences for representing Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, hasn’t stopped Amal Clooney from visiting her political client in the island nation this week.
Mrs Clooney’s visit follows an incident that saw her colleague, Mahfooz Saeed, stabbed in the head and left in a critical condition in a local hospital.
He was riding a motorcycle through the streets of the country’s capital Male when four masked men attacked him.
The former president Nasheed is serving a 13-year prison sentence after being found guilty of terrorism charges in March.
The case has brought international scrutiny and criticism.
A source told People magazine Mrs Clooney, an international human rights lawyer married to actor George Clooney, is in a “pretty rough spot right now in the Maldives”.
“(Former) President Nasheed is a really good, forward-thinking man, in a really dangerous situation, and Amal being there is really tricky and really dangerous,” the source said.
Mrs Clooney visited the President on Wednesday on Mafushi Island where he is imprisoned.
“Well, President Nasheed is in a remarkably good spirits,” Mrs Clooney said after her meeting with him.
“He wanted me to convey to the people of the Maldives that they should remain hopeful that things will improve and that he is pleased that I will be attending meetings with him on behalf of the government.”