Court adjourns Sobhraj murder case

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 14:

The Patan Appellate Court could not give its verdict today on an appeal filed by a suspected serial killer, Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj, as time fell short for lawyers to put forth their arguments. A bench of judges Krishna Prasad Shrestha and Atma Ram Bhattarai heard the appeal filed by Sobhraj, in which he has challenged a verdict given by the Kathmandu District Court one year ago to slap a 20-year jail term on him for the murder of an American national,

Connie Jo Bronzich, in 1975. The judges said the case may be heard again after two weeks. While Badri Bahadur Karki, an ex-attorney-general, Bashanta Ram Bhandari, an advocate, and advocates Sanjeev Ghimire, Rajaram Dhakal, among others, had pleaded on behalf of Sobhraj, a joint government attorney, Rajendra Subedi, pleaded on behalf of the government.

Lawyers Dr Rajitbhakta Pradhananga and Bishwa Lal Shrestha pleaded on behalf of late Connie Jo Bronzich, who was allegedly killed by Sobhraj.