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Amal Alamuddin assumes the reunification of the Parthenon marbles

03 October 2014 / 18:10:16  GRReporter
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Over the past few months there has been fuss around the name of Amal Alamuddin. Everyone wanted to know who the woman was who took the breath away of the most famous and certainly glamorous Hollywood bachelor George Clooney. Despite the fact that up until the moment in which it became clear that she was his fiancée she was not known to the general public, Alamuddin is a famous lawyer, who has among her clients some of the most controversial figures in recent years, such as Julian Assange and Yulia Tymoshenko.

Some publications, such as The Business Woman Media even reported her decision to marry Clooney as unusual. In an article entitled Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor, the author Amanda Rose writes:

''Amal, 36, is an educated and successful career woman whom we’ve long admired. The high-flying barrister has notched up many career highs, including representing the controversial WikiLeaks whistleblower Julian Assange, and also has multilingual fluency in English, French and Arabic”.

According to the article, “A true testament to her character is her decision to find time to serve on the expert panel of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” which aims at collecting evidence on sexual crimes in conflict zones.

In Greece, however, Amal Alamuddin became known a little earlier, not without the help of her current husband George Clooney. The occasion was the actor's statements in support of the Greek request for the return of the marble sculptures to the Parthenon, which are in the British Museum.

According to some people, this was Clooney’s way to promote his new film, The Monuments Men. A group of historians and museum curators unite in search of works of art that had disappeared during the Second World War.

According to others however, his girlfriend at that time, Amal Alamuddin, was hiding behind the critical words of the actor towards the British Museum, who was engaged in her efforts to return the sculptures confiscated in the 18th century.

Now this information has been confirmed in the most official way with the announcement that three weeks after their wedding in Venice, the barrister will visit Athens where she will discuss with Prime Minister Samaras the likelihood of taking llegal representation of Greece in the dispute with the British Museum.

She is expected to arrive by a direct flight from London and will be accompanied by two assistants from her lawyer's office. The chairman of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, David Hill, is expected to attend the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the government residence Maximou on 14 October, and afterwards the Greek Prime Minister and Amal Alamuddin will visit the Acropolis Museum. According to posts, Antonis Samaras will give her a book about the Parthenon containing photos of all missing sculptures.

Later that day, a press conference will be organized, and in the afternoon Mrs. Clooney will take a walk in Athens. She will fly back to London on the morning of October 15.

According to sources Alamuddin will stay in the most central hotel in Athens where most of the celebrities visiting the capital stay.

Tags: Celebrities Amal Alamuddin barrister legal representation Parthenon Marbles George Clooney Antonis Samaras Acropolis Museum
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