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Bangladesh: Corruption

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the extended detention of 30 politicians and businessmen in Bangladesh on corruption charges. (126694)

We understand that the recent detentions of those suspected of involvement in corruption have been made under the 1974 Special Powers Act, which provides for detention to be extended beyond the initial 30 day limit. While we support the right of the Government of Bangladesh to take legitimate measures against corruption and the abuse of public office, we continue to urge the Government, army and law enforcement agencies to act impartially, with respect for public safety, human rights, media freedoms and the rule of law.