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Arrest of Cyber Activist Sparks Uproar among Human Rights Group

Arrest of Cyber Activist Sparks Uproar among Human Rights Group - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Arrest of Cyber Activist Sparks Uproar among Human Rights Group - top government contractors - best government contracting eventAmnesty International on Tuesday questioned Libya’s detention of a cyber activist for an alleged hit-and-run accident, saying it had evidence the arrest was politically motivated.

Jamal al-Hajji was detained Feb. 1 for allegedly hitting another man with his car, which he denies. His arrest came shortly after he made a call on the Internet for demonstrations to be held in support of greater freedoms in Libya, AFP said.

Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa director Malcolm Smart said in a statement the alleged car incident was not the real reason for al-Hajji’s detention, but just a pretext to conceal what was really a politically motivated arrest.

“First, eyewitnesses have reported that the man who is said to have complained of being struck by Jamal al-Hajji’s car showed no visible signs of injury,” he said. Also, Smart said, the officers who made the arrest were in plain clothes, indicating they were not the ordinary police, but members of the Internal Security Agency. The ISA usually carries out arrests of political suspects and they wear plain clothes, he added

The Amnesty director urged the immediate release of al-Hajji, saying  it must happen “without conditions if the real reason for his continuing detention is his peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, in which case he is a prisoner of conscience.”

In recent days, Facebook groups with several hundred members have called for demonstrations to mark a “day of rage” in Libya on Feb. 17, AFP said. Bahraini cyber activists earlier this week announced Feb. 14 as a day “to open the door for political and standard of living reforms, especially with the changes going on now in the Middle East.”

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