Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sobhraj to face fake passport case too

The hearing against suspected international serial killer Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj has been extended for a few months. The bench was supposed to pronounce the verdict today but it issued an order to reopen a fake passport possession case against Sobhraj. “I am surprised as we did not expect an extension of hearing. All our efforts have gone in vain,” Sobhraj’s lawyer Rajaram Dhakal told .“Reopening of the fake passport case would have been appropriate in the initial phase when the apex court had started the hearing,” Dhakal added.A division bench of justices Anup Raj Sharma and Top Bahadur Magar said there was a need to reopen fake passport possession case against Sobhraj. The case was scrapped bythe Kathmandu District Court and was upheld by the Patan Appellate Court.The lower courts have convicted Sobhraj of killing American National Connie Jo Bronzich in Nepal in 1975.The bench said there was a need to reopen hearing on fake passport possession case, as there was contradiction between the murder case verdict and fake passport possession case verdict. The bench, however, said there was no need to proceed hearing in the contempt of court case filed by Sobhraj against the government.Sobhraj had filed contempt charge against the government as he claimed that the government authorities had produced fabricated documents in order to mislead the court.

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