Hollywood actress Amber Heard, who is also an official United Nations Human Rights Champion, has become the latest high profile name to join the campaign to free a Russian businesswoman who was jailed in Kuwait on embezzlement charges.
The 33 year-old American actress will appear at a high-level panel discussion in New York on September 25 during UN General Assembly week. Appearing alongside British lawyer Cherie Blair QC, the event will be titled ‘Protecting Women From Inequality and Injustice’.
Cherie Blair is part of an international legal team representing Russian woman Marsha Lazareva, an employee of KGL Investment Company in Kuwait, who was arrested in November 2017 and sentenced to ten years hard labour imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of 22 million Kuwait dinar ($72 million) in May last year after being found guilty of charges of embezzlement.
The conviction was successfully appealed on May 5, 2019 when it was discovered the documents used as evidence against her were proven to be forgeries and the funds of nearly half a billion dollars she was accused of embezzling were actually frozen in a Dubai bank.