Sobhraj to face fresh trial in murder of Canadian national

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Kathmandu, Oct 25 (UNI) 'Bikini Killer' Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj will face a fresh trial, immediately after the Nepal Supreme Court decides on an appeal by the serial killer challenging his conviction in the murder of a US national in 1975.

The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on November 4.

The Kathmandu District Court (KDC) had convicted him and Patan Appellate Court upheld the KDC sentence of 20 years in prison for killing American National Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975.

Once the apex court decides on Sobhraj's appeal, the international criminal will face the trial for killing Canadian National Laurent Armond Carriere. The case is pending in the Bhaktapur District Court for the last 32 years.

The police had filed two separate cases against Sobhraj, accusing him of killing Bronzich and Carriere in Kathmandu District Court and Bhaktapur district Court respectively.

The jailed criminal of Indian and Vietnamese origin was arrested in Kathmandu from a casino of Hotel Yak and Yeti on September 20, 2003 charged with murder of two tourists and violating immigration laws.

''It is the general principle to initiate the next case which is pending in the court,'' Senior Superintendent of Police Upendra Kanta Aryal was quoted by the Himalayan Times as saying.

''Every accused should face all charges separately. But we cannot prosecute anyone twice on the same charge,'' he added.


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