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UK faces legal challenge from family of Bangladeshi allegedly tortured by 'death squad'

Lawyers acting for the family of MP Salauddin Chowdhury claim the British government was complicit in his alleged torture

The British government faces a legal challenge over allegations it was complicit in the torture of Bangladeshi MP Salauddin Chowdhury, who was arrested by the country's security forces earlier this month.

Lawyers acting for the 63-year-old's family claim the training provided by British forces to Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion [RAB], which arrested Chowdury, places the UK in breach of its obligations under international law.
RAB members have been held responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial killings since the unit was established in 2004. The unit itself admits to being responsible for more than 600 deaths, which it euphemistically attributes to "crossfire".

Details of British support for RAB were revealed in US embassy ca

Added: Jan-1-2011 Occurred On: Jan-1-2011
By: nurdmyth
News, Middle East
Tags: UK, Amnesty International, Chowdury, detained, tortured, RAB officers, Bangladeshi
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