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George Clooney's fiancee opts not to join UN Gaza probe team, as Israel lashes out over probe chief

Published on Aug 12, 2014 11:42 PM
 
Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin, seen here at a London summit in June 2014, has declined her nomination to join a commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive due to "prior professional commitments". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin has declined her nomination to join a commission probing Israel's Gaza offensive, the head of the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday, while Israel is said to be furious over the appointment of Canadian international lawyer William Schabas to head the commission.

Mr Schabas is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

In a statement, UN Human Rights Council head Baudelaire Ndong Ella said that Lebanese-born British lawyer Ms Alamuddin had cited "prior professional commitments and regrets that the commission will not benefit from her expertise in the field".

Mr Ella, who this year holds the rotating presidency of the top United Nations rights forum, had on Monday named Ms Alamuddin to the three-member commission of inquiry.

 
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