Nepal deports serial killer “The Serpent” to France

KATHMANDU, Nepal (HPD) — French serial killer Charles Sobhraj was released Friday in Nepal after serving most of his sentence for killing American and Canadian backpackers, and was transported to the airport for a flight to Paris, his office said. attorney.

Sobhraj has confessed to the murder of several Western tourists. He is believed to have killed at least 20 people in Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Hong Kong in the 1970s. His 2004 conviction in Nepal was his first in court.

The murders were the subject of the series “The Serpent,” a BBC-Netflix co-production aired last year. His nickname derives from his ability to disguise himself and escape.

The ticket was purchased by a friend, and the French embassy in Kathmandu prepared travel documents for him to take the flight on Friday night, said lawyer Gopal Siwakoti Chitan.

A heavily guarded police motorcade took Sobhraj from Kathmandu Central Jail to the Immigration Department.

Sobhraj was serving a life sentence, but the Supreme Court ordered his release for poor health, good conduct and having served more than 75% of his sentence. The court stated that Sobhraj is suffering from heart failure.

Life imprisonment in Nepal is 20 years.

The court also gave him 15 days to leave the country.

Previously, Sobhraj was held for two decades in New Delhi’s Tihar maximum-security prison on suspicion of robbery, until he was deported to France without charge in 1997. He reappeared in September 2003 in Kathmandu.

The French authorities have not made public statements about his return.

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