Home / / Microsoft Libya country manager detained

Microsoft Libya country manager detained

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

Microsoft Libya country manager detained
The uprising in Libya continues.

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.

Follow us to get the most comprehensive IT Security news delivered fresh from our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and listen to our Weekly Podcast. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter on curated technology news in the Middle East and Worldwide.

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.

CHANNEL AWARD 2018