Bangladesh army refutes Al Jazeera’s report implicating chief

Bangladesh Army Headquarters on Monday strongly rejected all allegations made against the country’s army chief in a documentary titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” by Al Jazeera

Feb 16, 2021
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Bangladesh Army Headquarters on Monday strongly rejected all allegations made against the country’s army chief in a documentary titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” by Al Jazeera. The denial came almost two weeks after the documentary’s release.

“The report of Al-Jazeera, in the form of a documentary, consists of numerous false and fabricated stories in respect of the Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Army, creating unnecessary confusion among the general mass," The Daily Star quoted the statement released by the army.

The documentary showed how brothers of the current army chief had been absconding in Europe, assuming fake names with a forged passport, and had even used his brother’s position to lobby for defense equipment deals.

The documentary also alleged the army had secretly purchased a surveillance system from an Israeli security firm. The nations, however, don't have diplomatic relations. It also claimed the two of the brothers attended a family wedding anniversary in Dhaka while they were at large.

The army said, in its statement, that the two brothers had already been acquitted from all charges by the time they attended the wedding. The detailed statement issued the pointwise explanation, and clarification on all the allegations leveled in the documentary.

Brothers of the army chief, the documentary claimed, were all part of a street criminal gang and had been involved in murders and extortion cases. During the early days of Sheikh Hasina’s politics, the criminal gang of brothers provided security to Hasina, the Al Jazeera documentary alleged.

The documentary, available on Youtube, has already fetched 6.7 million views.

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