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Sanctions on RAB an 'abominable move': PM

Update : 28 Mar 2022, 13:35

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on the USA for imposing sanctions on RAB and some of its officials saying that this has been an abominable move.

"I think imposing sanctions (on RAB and some of its officials) after all these successes (containing militancy, drugs, pirates and terrorists) is very much an abominable act," she said, reports UNB.

The prime minister was speaking at the 18th founding anniversary of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Shaheed Lt Col Azad Memorial Hall of Rab Forces Headquarters.

The PM joined it from her official residence Ganobhaban.

She said that Bangladesh has provision of punishment if a member of a law enforcement agency gets involved in any kind of crime.

"But it's a matter of regret that they imposed sanctions on some Rab members without any fault or cause. In their country they do not take any action against any member of their forces for their criminal activities," she said.

In this connection, she mentioned that in the US one child was shot dead just for putting his hands into pockets and in another incident a law enforcement agency member strangled one person on the street.

"For that reason they did not get punished," she said.

She said Bangladesh is the only one in the whole world where anyone (from the law enforcement agencies) involved in any crime must be punished.

"It is very much regretful that those who attain successes in conducting drives against various types of criminals including militants, drugs, pirates and terrorists (got the sanctions)," she said.

She said that she does not know whether they (the US) are hurt by the successes achieved against these social menaces like militants, drugs, pirates and terrorists.

"I cannot tell that, but Bangladesh registered success to contain militants, drugs, pirates and terrorists and it is true," she asserted.

The prime minister said that the most regretful matter is that some people of the country are engaged in making various types of moves including false propaganda against Bangladesh.

"All of them are criminals, they lost their jobs for some faults or left the country."

Criticising America for giving shelter to war criminals and killers of the Father of the Nation, the prime minister said, In the USA war criminals and convicted criminals of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman are staying.

She said that the US gave the convicted criminal citizenship. Bangladesh is repeatedly requesting them and sent letters to the Presidents and Justice departments stating that they are criminals, killers, they killed women and children.

"We told them you have to send them (war criminals and killers) back. They gave shelter to them in their country protecting the criminals. And impose sanction on some Rab officials without any crime," she said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and RAB DG Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun also spoke at the programme.

The US Treasury Department in last December slapped sanctions on RAB and seven of its serving and former officials for alleged grave violation of human rights, triggering protests from Bangladesh.

Former RAB director general Benazir Ahmed, now the inspector general of police, are among the sanctioned officials.

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