Scrap all sub-judice conflict-era cases, demand Maoists

KATHMANDU: Five parties led by leaders of the then CPN-Maoist, which had waged the decade-long conflict against the state, demanded that the state scrap all judicial cases related to the conflict, which are sub-judice at various courts.

The parties issued a joint statement today, a day after they held a meeting and discussed the issue, and demanded that allowing the regular courts to deal with the cases was a serious breach of the Comprehensive Peace Accord.

"The conflict-era cases should have been immediately withdrawn by the government as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord," the statement read, "But, the cases have not been significantly withdrawn as nearly 10 years have already passed by now."

"The judiciary, which is an important organ of the state, has been reviving the cases. The Accord has been more seriously breached by this."

UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-Revolutionary Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya, Naya Shakti Nepal Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai, CPN (Maoist) Coordinator Matrika Yadav and Revolutionary Communist Party Nepal General Secretary Mani Thapa have signed the statement.

They have been demanding that the conflict-era issues should be solved through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, on the basis of broad political consensus.

The statement, meanwhile, also accused the judiciary of not being ready to transfer the related cases to the TRC and the CIEDP, which have a jurisdiction to look into the conflict-era cases.

"It is an irony that an organ of the state is moving on breaching the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed by the state and the state is just being a mute spectator."

The CPN Maoist, led by Netra Bikram Chand, however, has not extended support to the Maoist parties' joint initiative.