Bangladesh ex-ministers accused of corruption Katerina Ossenova at 9:38 AM ET
[JURIST] Eight former Bangladeshi ministers face allegations of corruption Monday after Bangladeshi security forces arrested 13 former ministers and senior politicians [JURIST report] in raids in Dhaka Sunday. The government cited recently promulgated emergency powers as the basis for the detentions. Human rights groups and the country's two main political parties, the Awami League (AL) [party website] and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), are protesting the high profile arrests [IPS report] since the 13 ministers and politicians were all picked up from their homes without any arrest warrants. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has issued a warning about the arbitrary killings by security forces and urged [press release] that "arrests must be carried out in accordance with the law and due process."
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