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No reprieve for ‘Bikini Killer’ Sobhraj as verdict delayed

There was no reprieve for celebrity criminal Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj as Nepal's Supreme Court delayed its verdict against his conviction.

Written by Agencies | Kathmandu | Published: January 13, 2009 6:32:42 pm

There was no reprieve for celebrity criminal Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj as Nepal’s Supreme Court delayed its verdict on the appeal of “Bikini Killer” against his conviction for murdering a US backpacker in 1975.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justices Meen Bahadur Rayamaji and Kalyan Shrestha said the appeal of the French national,found guilty in 2004 of killing the American tourist Conie Joe Bronzich,would be dealt with after the District Court decides on a fake passport case.

“The murder case will be dealt along with the fake passport case after the lower court decides on the matter,” said a joint bench. The fake passport case needs to be decided by the District Court first,it ruled.

As facts could not be traced in the double passport case,it has been decided to send the original file of the case back to the district court,the bench said.

It directed the officials to send the file of the fake passport case against the 64-year-old international criminal to the District Court for review.

After the District Court makes a decision,only then the murder case will be decided upon along with the fake passport case,the apex court said.

As the apex court failed to give any verdict on the case involving Sobharaj in the case of the murder of American backpacker,it will take at least six months to get a verdict,said Supreme Court’s senior lawyer Dinesh Tripathi.

“It will take months to get the district court’s review in the fake passport case,and there is no possibility of resolving the issue before six months”,he said.

The court had earlier dismissed the fake passport case,but later reopened the case as it was linked with the murder of the American tourist.

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