Quoting the copy of the judgment, the news agency AFP said that, the Supreme Court said- “Keeping him in jail continuously is not in line with the human rights of the prisoner.”
The court said, “If there is no other case pending against him to keep him in jail, this court orders his release today and … within 15 days to return to his country.”
In 2010, Nepal’s apex court upheld the life sentence of dreaded killer Charles Sobhraj of the seventies. Nepal’s Supreme Court upheld the conviction of international gangster Charles Sobhraj in the murder of two American citizens. Earlier, he was sentenced to this sentence by the district court.
On July 30, 2010, the Supreme Court of Nepal upheld his life sentence after hearing Charles Sobhraj’s appeal. There were several murder cases against him. Charles Sobhraj, popularly known as the bikini killer, appealed against the district court’s decision. The district court sentenced him to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering an American citizen.
The case of murder of an American citizen was of 1975. Charles Sobhraj had described the district court’s decision in the Supreme Court as full of discrimination and racism. The Supreme Court of Nepal upheld the decision of the district court.
After a troubled childhood in France committing petty crimes and serving several prison terms, Sobhraj began traveling the world in the early 1970s, ending up in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.
His way of working was different. He used to attract and befriend his victims before selling drugs and robbing them. Most of these were travelers from western countries who were roaming in search of spirituality.
He behaved like a gentleman. He was first accused of murdering a young American woman. In this case of 1975, the body of the woman was found on a beach in Pattaya and she was wearing a bikini.
Later, cases of more than 20 murders were registered on him. He strangled, beat or burnt people. He often used the victim’s passport to travel to his next destination.
The web series “The Serpent” on Netflix highlights his ability to acquire other identities to escape the law. This is a hit series created by BBC and Netflix whose title is based on her life.
In 1976, a French tourist was arrested in India after he died of poisoning in a hotel in Delhi. He was sentenced to 12 years in this murder case.
Sobhraj eventually spent 21 years in jail and escaped in 1986. Later he was caught in Goa. Sobhraj was released in 1997 and then went to Paris. But in 2003 he reappeared in Nepal. There he was seen in Kathmandu and arrested.
A court there sentenced him to life imprisonment in 1975 for the murder of American tourist Connie Jo Bronzich. A decade later, he was also found guilty of murdering Bronzich’s Canadian partner. Jailed since 2008, Sobhraj married Nihita Biswas, who is 44 years younger to him and the daughter of his Nepalese lawyer.
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