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Since March 19, Microsoft's Libyan country manager Khalid Elhasumi has been imprisoned in Tripoli, Microsoft announced today. They have no idea why he's

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Khalid Elhasumi, Microsoft Manager, Held in Libya by Gaddafi Thugs

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Since March 19, Microsoft's Libyan country manager Khalid Elhasumi has been imprisoned in Tripoli, Microsoft announced today. They have no idea why he's being detained. Not that Gaddafi thugs have ever needed a reason to detain anyone.

The news was first picked up at TechCrunch.

Apparently Elhasumi was hired by Microsoft last year, and was tasked with setting up the company's base of operations in Libya, a process that started back in 2006.

Microsoft released this statement today:

Microsoft's country manager in Libya, Khalid Elhasumi, has been held in custody by Libyan authorities in Tripoli since the evening of Saturday, March 19th.

Over the last two weeks Microsoft has been working with Khalid's family and international organizations to help get Khalid released. We continue our efforts to ensure his safety and soonest possible release. We currently have no information about the reasons for his detention.

Khalid Elhasumi joined Microsoft in 2010. He manages Microsoft's operations in Libya which opened in 2006.

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

Normally the fact that Elhasumi works for an American mega-company might mean he'd have a better chance of being freed. But now that America is bombing the shit out of Libya, that fact might not be such a positive thing for the unfortunate tech manager.

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