Clooney Fiancee Declines UN War Crimes Assignment

Clooney Fiancee Declines UN War Crimes Assignment
(London) -- George Clooney's fiancee is turning down a United Nations assignment to investigate possible war crimes in Gaza. Amal Alamuddin released a statement shortly after news of her appointment began circulating Monday, saying while she was "honored" by the offer, she would have to decline due to existing commitments, which include eight ongoing cases. The British human rights attorney says she was contacted by the UN about the assignment for the first time on Monday. Alamuddin says she is "horrified" by the situation in the Gaza Strip and believes there should be an independent investigation. She also wished her colleagues who will be serving on the commission, "courage and strength in their endeavors."

Alamuddin previously worked with former UN head Kofi Annan in the efforts to make peace in Syria. She also represented embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his fight against extradition to Sweden. It was reported last week that Alamuddin and Clooney had taken out a marriage license in London and may be heading to Italy to exchange vows. The couple became engaged earlier this year.