Eritrean MP Hamad Hamid Hamad has been held incommunicado without trial since 2001, one of a group of 11 seized after criticizing the country’s president, Isais Afwerki.
Hamad Hamid Hamad was a former Eritrean ambassador to Sudan and a member of the Central Council of the ruling PFDJ party. He also served as head of the Middle East department in the ministry of foreign affairs.
He was one of a group of 11 MPs detained in 2001 after calling for democratic reform and dialogue in the one-party state.
Born around 1955, he reportedly died from a snake bite whilst in detention in November 2005. This has never been confirmed by the government.
He and the other detainees were not charged or tried, and it is feared that most or all members of the group have died in detention.