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Fresh setback for 'Bikini killer' Sobhraj

Even as Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj has lined up a battery of lawyers to argue his case, the celebrity criminal received a fresh setback in his attempt to get an early release from Kathmandu's Central Jail where he is serving life term for a three-decade old murder case.

world Updated: Feb 28, 2009 19:11 IST

Even as Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj has lined up a battery of lawyers to argue his case, the celebrity criminal received a fresh setback in his attempt to get an early release from Kathmandu's Central Jail where he is serving life term for a three-decade old murder case.

Nicknamed the "Bikini killer" and "Serpent", 64-year-old Sobhraj has been accused of luring young women and killing many of them.

Fresh prosecution in Sobhraj's trial was postponed for the second time at the Patan Appellate Court yesterday, causing further delay in the final verdict in the murder case of a US backpacker Conie Joe Bronzich in 1975.

The prosecution was postponed as a senior lawyer was preoccupied with another case, according to court sources.

Sobhraj, who was earlier held in New Delhi's Tihar prison, was deported to France in 1997. Sobhraj was arrested in 2003 by the police from a Kathmandu casino on fake passport case. Sobhraj was later convicted by the Kathmandu district court in 2004 for the murder of the American tourist. Sobhraj applied in the Patan Appellate Court but it endorsed the district court's verdict and has been serving 20-year prison term in the Central jail.

Sobhraj’s lawyers appealed at the Supreme Court as last resort to free him. The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the appeal of the French national would be dealt with after the District Court decides on a fake passport case.