The French serial killer, also known as Serpent Killer or Bikini Killer, has been released on the grounds of old age….reports Asian Lite News
Nepal’s Supreme Court has issued an order to free serial killer Charles Shobhraj, also known as “bikini killer” from jail on the basis of a legal provision which states that prisoners who have completed 75 per cent of their jail term and showed good character during imprisonment can be released, The Kathmandu Post reported.
On Wednesday, Nepal Supreme Court ordered the release of a French serial killer, who has spent over two decades in jail. The French serial killer, also known as Serpent Killer, has been released on the grounds of old age. He has been in Nepali jail on the charge of murdering two American tourists. The court concluded that the 78-year-old should be freed as he has already completed 95 per cent of his jail term.
Sobhraj’s lawyers had long been demanding the court’s intervention for clemency. In different petitions, they had demanded a waiver of his jail sentence, citing provisions of Clause 12 (1) of the Senior Citizens Act 2063, according to The Kathmandu Post.
The court also ordered the government to make arrangements for repatriating Sobhraj to his home country within 15 days unless he had to be kept in jail for some other offence, according to The Himalayan Times.
The notorious criminal with police cases in different countries was convicted of killing the American citizen Connie Jo Boronzich, 29, and his Canadian girlfriend Laurent Carriere, 26, in 1975.
Arrested on September 19, 2003, Sobhraj’s lifetime imprisonment would end on September 18 next year. The French citizen with Vietnamese and Indian parentage committed a string of murders throughout Asia in the 1970s.
Sobhraj, who has been implicated in more than 20 killings, served 21 years in India for poisoning a French tourist and killing an Israeli national, as per The Kathmandu Post.
Sobhraj was also awarded a 20-year jail term in 2014 after being found guilty of a second murder, of a Canadian tourist Laurent Carriere, who was killed in 1975.
The French serial killer was arrested in 2004 after he was first spotted in a Kathmandu casino.
Sobhraj had repeatedly filed writ petitions at the Supreme Court, demanding he get the leniency that senior citizens over 70 years get for release from prison. He sent such applications, especially around Constitution Day, Democracy Day and Republic Day, hoping for a presidential pardon. Yet, the court had rejected all his writ petitions so far. He had also undergone a heart surgery. (ANI)