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Originally published April 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM | Page modified April 8, 2011 at 6:19 AM

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Microsoft manager detained in Libya

A Microsoft employee has been detained by Libyan authorities since March 19, the company said Thursday.

Seattle Times technology reporter

A Microsoft employee has been detained by Libyan authorities.

Khalid Elhasumi, Microsoft's country manager for Libya, has been held in Tripoli since March 19, Microsoft said in a statement.

Libya has been rocked by civil unrest for the past several weeks, with rebels fighting the government, led by Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi has asked President Obama to stop NATO-led airstrikes on Gadhafi's forces in Libya.

Microsoft says it has been working for the past two weeks with Elhasumi's family and international organizations to gain his release.

"We currently have no information about the reasons for his detention," Microsoft said.

The statement also included a comment from Ali Faramawy, vice president of Microsoft Middle East and Africa: "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."

Elhasumi has worked for Microsoft since 2010.

Sharon Pian Chan: 206-464-2958 or schan@seattletimes.com

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