Wife of George Clooney to represent hooded men

George Clooney, right, with his wife Amal Alamuddin.

George Clooney, right, with his wife Amal Alamuddin.

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A human rights lawyer who is married to Hollywood movie star George Clooney is to be part of a legal team representing a group of former republican internees known as the ‘hooded men’.

Amal Clooney is part of a team representing 10 men taking the UK to the European Court of Human Rights.

The men allege they were tortured at when they were held without trial in Northern Ireland in August 1971. It is believed the location for the alleged torture was at Ballykelly British army camp in Co Derry.

Their claim was recently supported by the Irish Government.

Fourteen men claimed they were hooded, forced to listen to constant loud static noise, deprived of sleep, food and water, forced to stand in a stress position and beaten if they fell.

Some were also thrown from helicopters while their heads were covered with hoods.

They were told they were hundreds of feet in the air and believed they were going to be thrown to their deaths, while in reality they were only about 20 ft from the ground.

In 1976, the European Commission on Human Rights upheld a complaint by the Irish government that the men had been tortured, a ruling that was later overturned on appeal.

The European Court ruled that the men had been subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment, but not torture.

Mrs Clooney is now part of a team of lawyers from London, Dublin and Belfast who are taking the case. She has a formidable list of high profile clients and cases, including Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who is fighting against extradition from the UK to Sweden.

Mrs Clooney has a formidable list of high profile clients and cases, including Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who is fighting against extradition from the UK to Sweden.