Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hearing on Sobhraj’s plea delayed

Supreme Court justices today refused to hear an appeal filed by alleged international serialkiller Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj.The appeal was produced in a division bench of justices Kalyan Shrestha and Ram Kumar Prasad Shaha. “The justices said that the case is serious and they are yet to read all documents of the case, which date to 1975,” Sobhraj’s lawyer Raja Ram Dhakal told.The bench was supposed to reopen the fake passport possession case. The Kathmandu District Court and the Patan Appellate Court had quashed the case, citing lack of evidence. The case charged Sobhraj with entering Nepal in 1975 by showing a forged passport.The apex court had decided to reopen the fake passport case against Sobhraj on December 19, saying it is linked with the murder of American national Connie Jo Bronzich and Canadian national Laurent Armond Carriere.“After their assistant read out the text of the case, the justices put off the hearing,” Dhakal said. “The justices said they were not ready to hear the case because they had not read relevant documents,” Dhakal added.Former attorney-general Badri Bahadur Karki, Dhakal and Ram Bandhu Sharma had attended the court to defend Sobhraj. Deputy government attorney Brajesh Pyakurel and advocates Dr Rajit Bhakta Pradhananga and Ambar Khatri were to plead on behalf of the government and the victims.“We are so sad because hearing on the case is being delayed time and time again,” Dhakal said.

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