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Nepal's apex court delays hearing on Sobhraj's case

The court postponed the hearing, as justices at today's bench were the same as those present at a previous hearing of the same case.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 18:11 IST

Nepal's Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed the hearing on an appeal by serial killer Charles Sobhraj by at least three weeks due to some technical reason.

The court postponed the hearing on Sobhraj's case because justices at today's bench were the same as those present at a previous hearing of the same case, said Supreme Court registrar Ramkrishna Timilsina.

Justices Ram Prasad Shrestha and RP Koirala were assigned to the bench but they could not take up the case as they had earlier served in the case involving Sobhraj, he said.

"The Sobhraj hearing due to be held on Wednesday has been differed and it will take at least 22 days for another hearing as there are over a dozen cases pending," the official told the agency.

Sobhraj, dubbed the 'Bikini Killer' after being linked to a series of backpacker deaths across Asia in the 1970s, is serving life term in a Nepal jail for the murder of two foreign tourists way back in 1975. He is appealing his conviction for the murder of a US woman.

Half-Vietnamese, half-Indian French national Sobhraj, 62, was sighted in a casino in Nepal in 2003 and was then arrested and convicted in the three-decade-old murder of Connie Joe Brozich.

His lawyers are now appealing against the Kathmandu District Court verdict before the Supreme Court, arguing that there was no concrete evidence against the Bikini killer and he has been sentenced only on the basis of circumstantial evidence.