Sobhraj fake passport hearing on Feb 13

Kathmandu, January 30:

The Supreme Court will reopen the fake passport possession case against alleged international serial killer Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj on February 13.

The apex court has scheduled the hearing for February 13 following the order of a division bench of Justices Anup Raj Sharma and Top Bahadur Magar on December 19.

“We expect that the apex court will decide the case soon after its hearing,” Sobhraj’s lawyer Raja Ram Dhakal told this daily today.

After a long hearing, the bench had decided to reopen the fake passport possession case, which was quashed by the Kathmandu District Court and was upheld by the Patan Appellate Court. The lower courts, however, had convicted Sobhraj of killing American national Connie Jo Bronzich in Nepal in 1975.

Stating that Sobhraj’s fake passport possession case is interlinked with the murder case, the apex court had decided to reopen the fake passport case.

The prosecutors had filed the case against Sobhraj claiming that he had entered Nepal using fake passport in 1975 and had killed two backpackers Bronzich and Canadian national Laurent Armond Carriere.