Microsoft Libya boss held by government forces

Microsoft’s Libyan manager has been held in Tripoli by Libyan authorities since late March, according to a statement from Redmond.

The company called for the release of Khalid Elhasumi who was apparently picked up by government forces on 19 March in the conflict stricken nation.

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

Microsoft has been working on securing the release of the employee over the past two weeks alongside Elhasumi’s family and international organisations.

However Microsoft’s statement highlighted that it currently has “no information about the reasons for his detention” by government forces led by Gadhafi.

The statement also included a plea from Ali Faramawy, Microsoft’s vice president fo the Middle East and Africa, who stated that he is “hopeful that authorities will release Khalid soon”.

“We are in close touch with his family and are actively working to provide support and ensure his safety.”