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Lawyer Clooney observes jailed ex-Maldives leader's appeal hearing, meets attorney general

  • Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, center, escorted by policemen returns after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Nasheed is currently in jail after a Maldivian court in March found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, center, escorted by policemen returns after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Nasheed is currently in jail after a Maldivian court in March found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, back to camera, greets ormer president Mohamed Nasheed's lawyers at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Amal Clooney is in Maldives to meet with former president Mohamed Nasheed and Maldivian authorities to discuss Nasheed’s detention and jail sentence. Nasheed was sentenced in March after a Maldivian court found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, back to camera, greets ormer president Mohamed Nasheed's lawyers at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Amal Clooney is in Maldives to meet with former president Mohamed Nasheed and Maldivian authorities to discuss Nasheed’s detention and jail sentence. Nasheed was sentenced in March after a Maldivian court found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, left, prepares to leave on a speedboat, apparently headed to an island jail, after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Nasheed is currently in prison after a Maldivian court in March found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, left, prepares to leave on a speedboat, apparently headed to an island jail, after appearing at the High Court in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Nasheed is currently in prison after a Maldivian court in March found him guilty of ordering the military to detain a senior judge when he was president three years ago. (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)  (The Associated Press)

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has attended a preliminary hearing on an appeal against the 13-year jail sentence of the former Maldives president and met with the country's attorney general to discuss his case.

Clooney is part of a three-member international legal team trying to secure Mohamed Nasheed's release.

Nasheed told the High Court on Wednesday that the prosecutor general had no authority to appeal, while the prosecutor said he appealed on behalf of the state.

Nasheed was sentenced to jail in March after a lower court found him guilty of terrorism for ordering the arrest of a senior judge in 2012.

The government later started negotiations with Nasheed's party, raising hopes of a pardon. The talks broke down after authorities decided to appeal the case in court.