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Tasneem, the Tortured Bangladeshi Journalist Speaks to VOA


In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Tasneem Khalil , a journalist from Bangladesh alleges that the Defense Intelligence in Bangladesh has a link with the extremist Islamic Terrorists in the country .

He thought that one of the reasons why he was picked up from his home without any official allegations against him was his investigations on their links with the terrorist . A reporter for the respected English language newspaper The Daily Star, Tasneem Khalil also worked on projects for Human Rights Watch and was CNN’s news representative in Bangladesh.

On May 11, 2007, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) arrested Khalil, apparently for his outspoken criticism of the military’s role in extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and other abuses. Khalil had also publicly expressed concern through his blog and in newspaper interviews that the military was using the interim government as a cover for de facto army rule. A recently published report of the Human Rights Watch gives a detailed account of the way Tasneem Khalil was tortured in custody.

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