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Nepal deports Charles Sobhraj to France

Charles Sobhraj, a convicted killer who police suspect was responsible for a string of murders in the 1970s and 1980s, who was freed by Nepal Supreme Court was deported to France by the Nepal government on Friday.

Kathmandu/ Dec 23 (BPNS)

Charles Sobhraj, a convicted killer who police suspect was responsible for a string of murders in the 1970s and 1980s, who was freed by Nepal Supreme Court was deported to France by the Nepal government on Friday.

Sobhraj, 78, a French national, is suspected of killing more than 20 Western backpackers on the “hippie trail” through Asia, usually by drugging their food or drink in the course of robbing them.

He had been held in a high-security jail in Kathmandu since 2003, when he was arrested on charges of murdering American backpacker Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975.

Charles Sobhraj, 'Bikini Killer', To Be Released From Jail Today

Charles Sobhraj has been imprisoned in Nepal for the past 19 years. (File)

Kathmandu, Nepal: 

Charles Sobhraj, a convicted killer who police suspect was responsible for a string of murders in the 1970s and 1980s, is due to be freed on Thursday after nearly 20 years in prison in Nepal, his lawyer said.

Sobhraj, 78, a French national, is suspected of killing more than 20 Western backpackers on the “hippie trail” through Asia, usually by drugging their food or drink in the course of robbing them.

He had been held in a high-security jail in Kathmandu since 2003, when he was arrested for killing American backpacker Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975.

Sobhraj denied killing the American woman and his lawyers said the charge against him was based on assumption.

Several years later he was also found guilty of killing Bronzich’s Canadian friend, Laurent Carriere.

But he was suspected of many more murders.

Thailand, where he was known as the “bikini killer”, issued a warrant for his arrest in the mid-1970s on charges of drugging and killing six women, some of whom turned up dead on a beach near the resort of Pattaya.

He was, however, jailed in India before he could stand trial on those charges.

Nepal’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered his release from prison, where he has served 19 years of his 20-year sentence, citing his age.