MSF Employee Remains Detained in Bahrain

A banner of Medicins Sans Frontieres. Three MSF employees has been detained in Bahrain for weeks. Photo by: little-phoenix / CC BY-NC-ND

An international medical charity says one of its employees has been detained in Bahrain for weeks, with no information from authorities regarding his condition or whereabouts.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres, Bahraini authorities arrested Saeed Mahdi on May 6, just two days after local security forces burned down his house. The organization and Mahdi’s lawyer and family have since been awaiting information on the reason behind his detention and on his current location, MSF said.

“We don’t have any information about where he is being detained, why he was arrested, or what charges are pending,” Jerome Oberreit, director of  MSF’s operations in Brussels, said in a news release dated May 31.

“Considering the types of injuries people have sustained due to mistreatment in detention, as witnessed by MSF medical personnel, we are extremely concerned about the safety of Saeed Mahdi,” Oberreit added.

MSF responded on the ground in Bahrain shortly after protests broke in the country in February, the organization said.

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