Doha, Qatar “A Kenyan national arrested in Qatar last month.” is accused of “spreading misinformation.”, was released, but the charges against him were not dropped, according to human rights organizations.
Malcolm Bidali, 28, who works as a security guard for the GSS Certis in the capital Doha, was arrested on May 5 from his residence “investigated for violating Qatar security rules and regulations,” the Qatar Government Communications Office (GCO) said last month.
On May 30, the GCO said Bidali had been “formally charged with crimes related to the creation and dissemination of misinformation by a foreign agent in the territory of the State of Qatar.”
GSS Certis Qatari owner Salem al-Mohannadi told Al Jazeera that the 28-year-old had been released.
“He has been released but I have no other details,” al-Mohannadi told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. “Now this is a state affair. “We are completely behind our country. It is difficult to understand who is working against Qatar.”
Human rights groups expressed concern that his arrest could be revenge for his human rights work.
Blogging under the pseudonym Noah, Bidal wrote about labor rights issues, including long working hours, wages, working conditions, and inadequate housing and conditions in his workplace.
Earlier, Migrant-Rights.Org, where Bidali was blogging as a labor migrant in Qatar, said Bidali had been “released from custody but charged with the crime.”
The Qatari government declined to comment when Al-Azira contacted him.
Malcolm Send (@ noaharticlates:) has been released from custody, but the charges against him remain.
He had not received legal advice until his release earlier this week.
The accusations against him are only intended to silence him, բոլոր all accusations related to his activity should be dropped. pic.twitter.com/GxbOcJS3qJ:
– Migrant Rights (@MigrantRights) June 2, 2021
It had previously said that Bidal was “receiving legal advice and representation before the court date, which has not yet been determined.”
In a post, Migrant-Rights.Org claims that “he did not receive legal advice until his release earlier this week.”
Last month, human rights groups, including Amnesty International, said in a statement that Bidali had told his mother by telephone on May 20 that he was being held in solitary confinement and had no lawyer.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) office in Doha said it was “paying close attention” to the case.
“The office is not in a position to comment on the allegations, but it is possible that Mr Bidal will be properly prosecuted,” the ILO said in a statement to Al Azira Azira last month.
“The International Confederation of Trade Unions has offered to support Mr. Bidali’s independent legal representation, and the ILO office will continue to monitor developments.”
A few days before his arrest, Bidal, who moved to Qatar in 2016, gave an online presentation to civil society groups on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar, sharing his experience working as a security guard there.
A suspicious link was sent to him via Twitter, which, according to some experts, was a fida attack to pursue Bidali. After that, the Twitter account is turned off.
It is possible that the information obtained by clicking on the link was eventually used by the Qatari government to identify and arrest him anonymously. After May 25, 2021, Twitter suspended accounts involved in IP logging campaigns, including: @MukhbatQatar:,
– Bill Martsak (@billmarczak) May 28, 2021
Last month, Migrant-Rights.Org told Al Jazeera that the organization had contacted Bidali last year, “he wanted to help other workers who were in a state of disaster, especially during the epidemic.”
In a Twitter post, the organization says: It can be emphasized that no @ Noaharticulated blog post ություն initiative can be considered ‘misinformation’. “The content of his advocacy has always been subtle, multi-layered, the only purpose of improving conditions in Qatar is not to harm the country.”
News about labor rights activist Malcolm Bidali.
Malcolm is no longer in custody, but fake charges appear to have been filed # Qatar connected with his legal activity. All allegations of human rights must be dropped.
– amnestypress (@amnestypress) June 2, 2021
Qatar’s attitude towards migrant workers պատմ The history of human rights has been in the spotlight since he was awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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Qatar in August 2020 announced landmark changes labor legislation, including the elimination of the need for a revocation certificate. Earlier this year, a new law on the minimum wage was introduced.