Chapter 15: Khadija Ismayilova
Another cherry picked case that she can again claim to be pro “freedom of expression” is that of jailed Azerbaijan “journalist” Khadija Ismayilova . On January 16, Amal “offered her services” to Ismayilova. Clooney said she would serve as co-counsel on the ECHR case with the Media Legal Defence Initiative, a British charitable organization with ties to Soros’s Open Society Initiative. This, however, was news to Khadijia’s legal team: “Throwing a twist in the tale, the government-aligned Trend news agency, however, cited Ismayilova’s two Azerbaijani lawyers, Fakhraddin Mehdiyev and Fariz Namazli, as saying they know nothing about Clooney’s involvement in the case. They could not be reached for confirmation of the report.” In addition, Amal’s request to take the case came under immediate scrutiny. Those who question her involvement in this case focused on theArmenia case she lost against a Turkish politician in the same European Court of Human Rights. The feeling exists that Amal is on an anti-Turkic binge.
Turkey and Azerbaijan share Turkic ties and, as close allies, both oppose Armenia on Karabakh, “Anti-Turkic activities indeed helped Amal, a Lebanese by origin with close roots to large Armenian community in her motherland, to get distinguished in her lawyer career,” opined journalist Gunal Camal in her piece for AzerNews. The reporter maintained that the said “anti-Turkic” spree is Clooney’s “bid to catch up [with] with her husband [Hollywood star George Clooney]’s fame” and, no doubt, his “100 Lives” initiative. However, there is also, in addition to her anti-free speech case, the “100 Lives” initiative commemorating the Armenian genocide and the ties to Amal’s family? All coincidence, surely. In addition, several members of the international press claimed, “Clooney Targets Turkic States in her Path to Fame”:
“Mrs. Clooney, whose international profile was raised when she married American actor George Clooney in Italy, seems trying hard to prove all that she also can be a celebrity and likely with the advice of Armenian lobbyists targeted the Turkic states in her “path of fame”. Amal Clooney took on the controversial case in early 2015 and was part of a team representing Armenia against Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek, chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party, convicted by Switzerland for denying the so-called Armenian genocide.
In October last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled it is not a crime to deny mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a ”genocide”. Thus, Mrs. Clooney in her first attempt failed to rival her Oscar winner husband, but this scandalous case, to be true, enormously raised her popularity. So, deeply committed to anti-Turkic ideals Amal Clooney now has taken to Azerbaijan, first to prove her loyalty to Armenian lobbyists and second, to undersign another big case without caring who wins. Mrs. Clooney, strongly keeping her shattered background as human rights fighter, has decided to indulge into fighting for human rights even not knowing exactly who she is defending. In her televised interview for VOA she did not name even her client, just calling her “courageous women”. Khadija Ismayilova, or the ‘courageous women’ as Amal Clooney named, in fact was enough courageous to make money by illegal means while working for Radio Liberty.
Khadija, working at the media structure financed by the U.S. Congress, was able to make illegal money by inking commercial deals and covered her spivvery with the so-called fight against corruption.”
They are right. Facts are anathema to Amal. Her job is to bring the press to apply public pressure to have the outcome work in the favor of her handlers, and she knows it. Amal told the BBC that she believes international pressure could help free Khadija, who has been serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence since late 2015 for alleged abuse of power, tax evasion, illegal business activity and embezzlement. “We know that diplomatic pressure can work on the [Azerbaijani] government because what we had happened in the last month,” Clooney said, referring to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s pardon of internationally recognized political prisoners ahead of a visit to Washington in late March where she met with two other George Soros buddies, Patrick Lahey and John McCain (who helped with Nasheed) as well as Mark Kirk. She pursued the same rhetoric about
“democracy” and “humanitarian” and “human rights” that even though it was glaringly obvious that this case, as with the Armenian speech case and the “100 Lives” initiative, was handpicked for her due to her current public profile to get those on her handlers side to apply “political pressure” against the Turks. As she had shown in the past, if this pressure did not work, she could lie about Khadija’s medical condition to procure her release. It happened in Egypt with Fahmy. It happened with Nasheed. With Nasheed, she reminded the press from Egypt she would be in the Maldives. The press willingly followed. She announced her participation to the press during her “Meet the Press” segment in February, met with the aforementioned Senators in March, and in May, “backed by Amal Clooney”, she was “freed”. According to her lawyer, Fariz Namazli (because, as stated, Amal was NOT her attorney. Two were already on the case when Amal asked to have her name attached to it), “The Supreme Court had dropped charges of embezzlement and abuse of power charges but kept the charges of tax evasion and illegal business activity. Under the terms of probation, Ismayilova is required to reside in Baku, the capital, and is forbidden from traveling abroad for five years without official permission.” Yeah. We will see how that goes. She might just need “medical treatment” after all…to seek asylum elsewhere…maybe England? Regardless, a dangerous precedent has been set. This woman with no legal standing whatsoever marries a Hollywood actor, parades around in haute couture to get the entertainment media to fawn over her and create a narrative that she cares about “human rights” and then manipulates that narrative to get criminals that are of political significance to her handlers “released” from prison mocking the very democracy and “human rights” they claim to support.