Microsoft Libya country manager detained

Khalid Elhasumi held by authorities since 19th March, no reason given

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Microsoft Libya country manager detained The uprising in Libya continues. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 7, 2011

Microsoft's country manager for Libya has reportedly been held by authorities since 19th March.

Khalid Elhasumi was arrested in Tripoli, although no reason has been given as to why he was detained.

Microsoft says that it is working with Elhasumi's family and international organisations to try and get him releases.

Ali Faramawy, vice president Microsoft Middle East and Africa, told TechCrunch: "We are hopeful that the authorities will release Khalid soon. We are in close touch with his family and are actively working to provide support and ensure his safety."

Internet services have been blocked in Libya from the start of March, when the uprising against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi began, and unlike in Egypt, where protests against the government were in part instigated on social networks, there has been little online element to the unrest.

In the Egyptian protests that led to the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Google executive Wael Ghonim was arrested, after playing a leading role in social network protests against the government.

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