Dear masaud, by tonight it will be a week that we didnt have u within us… we have received many scary news of u and some good ones also, but i wont belive in any, u ll come back and tell us the truth. this 7 days seemed as 7 years to me or better to say all of us. i just dont wana imagine in waht situation u r; otherwise i may be burst …
The crackdown on academics and free thought continues as Dr Masaud Jahromi is inexplicably imprisoned.
Dr Masaud Jahromi, Chairman of the engineering department at Ahlia University in Bahrain, was arrested at 2:30AM on 14th April 2011; having been beaten and dragged from his bed in front of his family. His family, students, friends and colleagues are unaware of his whereabouts and health.
Dr Jahromi is a widely respected academic and engineer. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Kent, UK; having already earned his MSc and BSc from the University of Manchester, UK, and the University of Bahrain respectively.
Professor Hamed al-Raweshidy, who supervised Masaud at the University of Kent, is shocked that a former student is being mistreated like this. “Masaud was one of the hardest working, cooperative, and mild mannered individuals I have ever come across. He was not only my top student, but also a wonderful professional. There is no doubt in my mind that the Bahraini authorities have got this completely wrong”.
Massoud Shadjareh, the chair of IHRC, said:
“The indiscriminate arrests in Bahrain continue, as the case of Dr Masaud Jahromi reminds us. His imprisonment highlights the sorry state of affairs where the Bahraini regime has ceased to feel obliged to even offer an excuse before imprisoning its citizens.”
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Dr Masaud Jahromi is the chairman of Telecommunications Engineering department at the Ahlia University of Bahrain:
He was abducted on Thursday (14-4-2011, 2:30 am) in a very frightening manner.
Masaud is a peaceful and neutral scientist with no political interest. He spent most of his time in the university where he taught various courses and carried out research. He spent the rest of his time with his family.
Dr. Jahromi who is an academic, always had the thirst for knowledge and acquiring higher stages of education. In 1996, he gained his Masters in Control and Information Technology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in UK. He then carried on his route to becoming an academic elite, by completing his PhD research on “ATM-based independent service” at the Electronic Engineering department of the University of Kent in Canterbury (United Kingdom). Throughout his academic life, has written several scientific papers and supervised many Master and PHD projects.
Masaud has been a true role model for his family members and students; labelling him as a kind, sympathetic and polite character. Within Masaud’s seven years of teaching and research at Ahlia University, he has been known as an inspiring instructor for his students, as he was not only a teacher but a friend for them. He spent his free time doing activities in particular playing football with his students.
After his arrest his students have created a facebook page (Free dr.Masaud Jahromi) in his support, demanding his immediate release:
His wife and eight year old son, Mahdi who is studying in grade 2 are missing him greatly and await any news from him anxiously. Mahdi is still traumatized by the scenes of his father being beaten and dragged away in front of his eyes!