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HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

World

Former Nepal crown prince arrested in Thailand, released
Utpal Parashar , Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, July 15, 2014
First Published: 18:10 IST(15/7/2014)
Last Updated: 23:26 IST(15/7/2014)
Paras Shah: In trouble, again

Former crown prince of Nepal Paras Shah was arrested by Thai authorities in Bangkok last week on charges of possessing marijuana.

News reports in Kathmandu quoting Nepali embassy sources in Bangkok said the 43-year-old was arrested from a hotel on Friday after he was found with two pouches of marijuana.

He was released from police custody on Monday.

Paras, son of Nepal’s last king Gyanendra Shah, has been living in Bangkok for many years now and had brushes with Thai authorities in the past too.

In 2012, he was arrested for breaking property at a luxury apartment which he rented in Bangkok. The incident came days after his release on bail for possessing marijuana in the Thai tourist town of Phuket.

Last year, he suffered a heart attack and was admitted for several weeks at a prominent hospital in Bangkok. He had suffered a mild heart attack in 2007 too when he was in Kathmandu.

Following abolition of monarchy in Nepal in 2008 Paras moved first to Singapore and later to Thailand. His wife, Himani, who belongs to a former princely state of India, stays in Nepal these days.

In 2010, Paras was detained by the police in Nepal after he fired in the air following a quarrel with relatives of Nepal’s deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala at a resort in Chitwan National Park.

In the past, the former prince was accused of hitting and killing a popular singer while driving drunk in Kathmandu. There was also another case of hitting a policeman with a rifle after he was stopped for drunken driving.


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