Nepal | November 14, 2019

Alam’s statement recorded, trial starts

Prabhat Kumar Jha

Rautahat, November 7

Trial hearing in the case of Nepali Congress’s suspended lawmaker Mohammad Aftab Alam began today after recording his statement.

Alam has been booked for murder, attempted murder and causing explosion in connection with Rajpur blast and subsequent murder of the injured and the witnesses. Once recording of his statement over all the three charges was wrapped up, the trial hearing started at 2:00pm. During his statement-recording, Alam had replied negatively to almost all 51 questions asked.

Suspended lawmaker Mohammad Aftab Alam moving out of district court following his trial hearing in Rautahat, on Wednesday, November 06, 2019. Photo: Prabhat Kumar Jha/THT

Government Attorney Khadindraraj Katuwal, Deputy Attorney Arjun Prasad Koirala and Suryaraj Dahal had argued on behalf of the prosecutor in today’s hearing and sought stern action against Alam on all three charges.

With the court adjourned for a day following Dahal’s arguments, hearing in the case is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Police had arrested lawmaker Alam, who was elected from Rautahat Constituency No 2, on charge of burning to death Trilok Pratap Singh, Oshi Akhtar and other persons injured in the blast in Rajpur on 9 April 2008.

Senior advocates from Kathmandu and other places have arrived in Rautahat to argue on behalf of the prosecution and the defendant.


A version of this article appears in print on November 08, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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