REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has been helping leading human rights lawyer Amal Clooney in a major case against a client represented by Cherie Blair, wife of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair.
Mrs Clooney, wife of Hollywood megastar George Clooney, is representing Mohammed Nasheed, the democratically elected former president of the Maldives, while Mrs Blair is representing Abdulla Yameen, the current president who used the country’s supreme court to overthrow Mr Nasheed.
Before she became an MP Mrs Lumley worked to help spread democracy and her remit included the Indian Ocean islands of the Maldives.
“Mr Nasheed was the first ever democratically elected leader of the Maldives in 2008, I was part of his campaign team and then he was overthrown in 2012,” said Mrs Lumley.
“What these people are trying to do is stop him from ever standing again but we need to ensure that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable and does not happen again in the Commonwealth.
“I must admit that I find it very strange that Cherie Blair is acting for the regime.”
Earlier this year Mrs Clooney joined Mrs Lumley at Westminster to discuss the case and to lobby Prime Minister David Cameron.
“I think she’s actually in the Maldives now as Mr Nasheed is in prison – he had been talking about fighting the next election,” said Mrs Lumley.
The Maldives regime insists that Mr Yameen came to power democratically and that Mr Nasheed had voluntary left office.
It is unlikely that Mrs Clooney will face Mrs Blair across the courtroom as the case is likely to be decided by a United Nations committee.