Deutsche Welle - Crime Fighters

DW's new detective stories - Radio dramas that tackle challenges faced by youth in Africa

Chasseurs de crimes : Les médicaments de la mort

8 EPISODES |  Series, ±12 min episode total time 1 hr 39 min
ierre, le fils d'une famille riche et influente, meurt d'overdose dans sa chambre près de boites de médicaments vides. Lorsque l'autopsie révèle qu'il ne s'est pas suicidé mais qu'il a été empoisonné, les trois inspecteurs Kaloumba, Salomé et Charlie se mettent à enquêter. Ils sont rapidement pris dans un tourbillon d'intrigues, de cupidité et de violence. Pour trouver le meurtrier de Pierre, il leur faut entrer dans le monde des médicaments contrefaits où des trafiquants exploitent la maladie et le désespoir. Les contrefaçons sont vendues pour une bouchée de pain et les clients ne sont pas conscients des risques qu'elles représentent pour leur santé. Plusieurs pistes conduisent les policiers sur les traces d'un médecin réputé, d'un guérisseur et d'une pharmacienne jusqu'au ministre de la santé. Pendant l'enquête, les inspecteurs voient leurs vies menacées plus d'une fois. Finalement ils parviennent à cerner l'implication de Pierre dans ce sale trafic et pourquoi il a dû mourir. L'issue de l'affaire leur réserve des surprises qu'ils étaient loin d'avoir imaginées...

Crime Fighters: The Radical Journey

8 EPISODES |  Series, ±10 min episode total time 1 hr 20 min
Inspectors Jude and Brenda investigate the suicide bombing of a young woman. A bomb explodes in a shopping mall in Kululaland and the young police officers Jude and Brenda are on the case. Soon they find out it was a suicide bombing, carried out by a woman. Even more shocking is her identity. The attacker is Zorah Kassim – just out of university and from a rich family. As the daughter of an influential politician, what could have been her reasons for the bombing? Was she forced to do it? Or did she do it willingly? Using different approaches and putting their own lives in danger, officers Jude and Brenda conduct an investigation that uncovers the mechanisms that make young people join terror groups. But the motive that guided Zorah in her “radical journey” turns out to be completely different…

Crime Fighters: On the Trail of the Poachers

8 EPISODES |  Series, ±9 min episode total time 1 hr 19 min
Who killed the veterinarian Patrick? Who is behind the poaching network of Bovu? Detectives Allan and Carl are determined to find out the truth. Two cops, two cases. Detective Allan is investigating the stabbing of the veterinarian Patrick. His colleague Detective Carl is after the so-called Mr G – the head of a poaching network that is causing a lot of damage in Bovu. They brutally kill elephants, leopards and rhinos and many of these species are at risk of extinction. The ecosystem suffers along with the economy while the poachers make millions illegally. Allan follows many leads but Carl is struggling because nobody even knows Mr G's true identity. To the surprise of the detectives, the cases come together when a blackmailing letter is found in Patrick's belongings that threatens to unveil the true identity of Mr G. Could the murder victim have known who Mr G really is? Could this be the reason why he had to die? In the end, the truth turns out to be even more surprising...

Crime Fighters: Land of Chongwe

8 EPISODES |  Series, ±10 min episode total time 1 hr 20 min
Chief Awombo has always been against the lease of the land of Chongwe – that used to belong to his people - to an international flower company. And now he has gone missing. Chief Awombo lies dead at the bank of the river on a rose farm. Was he killed by a wild animal like the government wants the people of Chongwe to believe? Or was he actually murdered? Some suspect this because the rose farm is on land that once belonged to Chief Awombo. He fought so that people could make a living off the land, instead of ceding it to foreign investors. Inspector Mwamto is torn between sticking to the official version and his wish to find out what really happened. It is private detective Mweri who finally starts digging for the truth. She discovers that the land issue is far more complicated than it originally seemed. It goes back to the time before independence and the documents are not in perfect order. There is not only a struggle for economic advantages, but also a highly emotional situation. Can Mweri solve the case of Chief Awombo's death?

Crime Fighters: Drugs to Cure, Drugs to Kill

8 EPISODES |  Series, ±9 min episode total time 1 hr 19 min
Three detectives, Kalumba, Salamisha and Chokbank, investigate after Peter's drug overdose. Was the cause of his death as obvious as it seems? Listen to this exciting series to find out... Peter, the son of a rich and influential family, dies from a drug overdose. When the autopsy reveals that he did not commit suicide but was poisoned, the three detectives Kalumba, Salamisha and Chokbank start their investigations and are drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue, greed and violence. To find Pete's murderer, they must descend into the world of counterfeit drugs where unscrupulous profiteers exploit the sick and desperate. Counterfeit medicine is sold cheaply and people are unaware of the threat it poses to their health. Several leads take the detectives to a famous doctor, a traditional healer, a pharmacist and all the way to the minister of health. As the investigation progresses, the detectives’ lives are threatened more than once. In the end, they are able to determine the extent of Peter's involvement with this dirty business and why he had to die.

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