(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Amnesty International said t is appalled by the arrest of prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor in the United Arab Emirates, fearing he could be tortured in jail.
The father of four young children was arrested in the middle of the night at his home just a short drive from Dubai International airport.
"Amnesty International is appalled and dismayed at this surprise overnight raid resulting in the arrest of Ahmed Mansoor, a courageous and prominent human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates," said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International's Beirut regional office,
Amnesty said it believed Mr Mansoor was detained for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.
It said security officials "stormed" the family's apartment and carried out a lengthy room-by-room search, including of the children's bedroom.
It said authorities did not inform Mr Mansoor's wife where he was being taken.
Mr Mansoor was one of the last human rights defenders living in the UAE.
Dozens of activists and writers have been jailed in recent years for speaking out against the royal family that rules the country.
The NGO is calling for Mr Mansoor's immediate release.