Secret recording reveals extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh

A unique recording, that the Swedish Radio has access to, reveals suspected extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in Bangladesh.

In the recording, that Swedish Radio today can publish excerpts from, a high ranking officer in the elite police force, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) reveals the working methods of RAB. According to the report the measures are used on people who RAB suspects of serious crimes but who they consider too difficult to convict in a trial or impossible to rehabilitate.

The investigative report published today is based on a two hour long recording in which the officer reveals how RAB regularly kills people without legal sanction and uses enforced disappearances. According to the officer, the number of victims exceeds numbers quoted in statistics. He also confirms that members of RAB regularly accept bribes from criminals in order to buy weapons that are placed next to victims in order to plant evidence.

English language version of the report by Swedish Radio’s foreign news reporter Beatrice Janzon.

(if quoted, please cite Swedish Radio as the source)

Contact for comments: Ginna Lindberg, Head of Foreign News, Swedish Radio or Anders Pontara, Deputy Head of Foreign News, Swedish Radio via the Swedish Radio switchboard +46-(0)8-784 50 00





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