ONE of Britain’s top human rights lawyers who represented Julian Assange andwar criminals has died in an apparent suicide.
Married dad of two John Jones QC, 48, who worked alongside Hollywood actorGeorge Clooney’s wife Amal, passed away on Monday.
He acted for Wikileaks founder Assange, 44, holed-up for four years in theEcuador Embassy in London, when the Swedish government initially tried toextradite him for questioning on rape charges.
Mr Jones and Amal, colleagues at renowned civil rights legal firm DoughtyStreet in central London, were currently trying to save the lives of ColonelGaddafi’s son Saif and Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi.
They had been ordered before a firing squad in Tripoli – but the lawyers weretrying to divert their case to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague,Holland, which does not have the death penalty.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said it was called to West Hampsteadrail station in north London at 7.07am on Monday after a man was struck by atrain.
A spokesman added: “He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s deathis not being treated as suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Mr Jones lived in a £1.5 million home in Hendon, north London, with Slovenianwife Misa Zgonec-Rozej, 40, a director of an international law consultancy,and his two children.
He specialised in extradition, war crimes and counter-terrorism, taking casesfrom the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Lebanon and Cambodia.
One of his clients was Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, 65, sentenced to 50years in a British jail for aiding rebels in Sierra Leone’s civil war inreturn for “blood diamonds”.
In 2014 Mr Jones campaigned for him to be moved to an African prison so hecould be near his family.
The Hague case of Mustafa Badreddine, accused of killing Lebanon’s primeminister Rafik Hariri in 2005, was temporarily halted on Tuesday to paytribute to the lawyer who withdrew from representing the defendant inSeptember.
Doughty Street said in a statement: “John was a brilliant and creativelawyer admired and appreciated for his amazing sense of humour,professionalism and deep commitment to justice. His death is a huge loss.”