Dr. Mahmoud al-Jaidah, a Qatari doctor employed by Qatar Petroleum, has now been held in the United Arab Emirates for more than four months without apparently being charged of any crime.
His family members have now said the doctor was beaten by Emirati authorities and is kept in solitary confinement, according to a reportpublished by the BBC yesterday.
Al-Jaidah was detained at the Dubai airport on February 26 while in transit between Thailand and Qatar.
According to the BBC report, al-Jaidah’s family has been able to visit him three times since, through intervention from the Qatari government. And despite earlier reports that he was “safe and healthy,” he’s said to have lost some 10kg and have very limited access to legal representation.