On 1 February, Al Jazeera reported that a criminal gang is allegedly colluding with Bangladesh’s security forces to extract bribes for state contracts and job positions, all the while maintaining powerful links with the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, an Al Jazeera investigation is said to have found. Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) claims to have exposed how a former street mafia claims to have captured a state. The brother of Bangladesh’s army chief boasts that he can use police and paramilitary units to abduct rivals and earn millions in bribes. Documents obtained by the I-Unit reveal how that head of the army helped his brother, a convicted killer, flee to Europe and evade justice. The investigation shows how the general aids his brother to purchase properties and businesses abroad, while moving money across European borders using a false passport. Bangladesh’s most senior military officer, General Aziz Ahmed, has three brothers who were convicted of murdering a political rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 1996.
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WHY DID ANTIGUA GIVE A PASSPORT TO A CONVICTED MURDERER WANTED IN BANGLADESH FOR KILLING OPPOSITION LEADER?
On 2 February, Kenneth Rijock posed this question in a post on his blog said that Haris Ahmed, a fugitive murderer on the Most Wanted list in his native Bangladesh, had evaded arrest and extradition due to his Antigua & Barbuda CBI/CIP passport.
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