Serial killer Sobraj released from prison

French serial killer Charles Sobhraj leaves Kathmandu district court after his hearing in Kathmandu May 31, 2011. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

Kathmandu: Serial killer Charles Sobhraj has been released from prison. The Central Prison Office has prepared to hand over him to the Immigration Department.

The Supreme Court has ordered the release of French citizen Charles Sobhraj, who has been serving a prison sentence for 19 years, on Wednesday and to return to the country within 15 days.

Sobhraj will be released from prison and sent to France within 15 days after making necessary arrangements to return to his country.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had ordered that ‘if he does not have to be detained in other cases, he should be released today and arrangements should be made to send him to his own country within 15 days’.

Yesterday, the Supreme Administration had written letters to Jail, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur District Courts to ensure that they should not be imprisoned in other cases.

Sobhraj has been serving 19 years in prison after it was confirmed that he killed American and Canadian citizens in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur 47 years ago.

He was sentenced to 2,080 years in prison and has been in prison for 19 years, he has a heart disease and he is 78 years old.

Moreover, he has been kept in solitary confinement in violation of human rights standards, the court ordered his release.