Charles Sobhraj deported to France

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The Nepal government has deported Charles Sobhraj, the notorious serial killer, to France Friday evening.

He flew to Doha from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) by Qatar airways. The flight was delayed by 29 minutes.

In the afternoon around 5 pm he was escorted to the airport by Nepal police in company of French embassy officials.

Though the central Jail, Sundhara released him Thursday evening and made a mind to hand him immediately to the immigration office, he had to spend one more night in the jail as guest upon the request of his lawyers.

Sobhraj was taken to immigration office today afternoon in heavy security cover, away from the camera lenses, and once paper works were ready was taken to the airport.

Sobhraj, serving a jail term since the last 19 years, was released following the Supreme Court’s order. The Supreme Court Wednesday ordered release of serial killer Charles Sobhraj with instruction to the government to send him back to France, his own country, within 15 days.

The court said 78-year-old Shobhraj was under medication for heart disease and has already served 75 percent of the life term—20 years — So, it is not reasonable to keep him in prison from the viewpoints of constitutional and legal rights along with human rights of prisoners.

The order was issued by a division bench of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Til Prasad Shrestha. The bench said, “If it is not necessary to imprison him for other cases, he needs to be released and arrangement made to send him back to his home within 15 days”.