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Posted September 7, 2016 by Vlogger-1 in People
 
 

Nepal torture price colonel Kumar Lama cleared


The case of a UK-based Nepalese colonel accused of torture in his residence nation 11 years in the past has collapsed after costing an estimated £1m.
Kumar Lama, 49, from St Leonards, East Sussex, had confronted an Old Bailey retrial after being cleared by a jury earlier this 12 months of 1 cost of torture.
The Crown advised the court docket it believed there was no life like prospect of conviction on a second cost.
Mr Justice Sweeney formally acquitted Col Lama.
First trial deserted
The choice to not go forward with the retrial was made due to inconsistencies in proof, the court docket heard.
It had been alleged Col Lama ordered the torture of two detainees held on the Nepalese Army barracks.
He was arrested in January 2013 whereas on depart within the UK from his posting as a UN peacekeeper in South Sudan.
Charges have been introduced underneath part 134 of the Criminal Justice Act, which permits suspects to face trial earlier than a British court docket even when their alleged offences are dedicated overseas and they aren’t UK residents.
The authentic trial final 12 months needed to be deserted due to problem discovering Nepalese interpreters.
‘Unacceptable delays’
Col Lama’s solicitor Jonathan Grimes, stated his consumer had at all times maintained he by no means ordered or was complicit in torture.
“The past three-and-a-half years has been an extremely frustrating and stressful period for Colonel Lama and his family,” he stated.
“There have been unacceptable delays in bringing this case to a conclusion.
“I hope that the CPS will reflect carefully on its selection and management of this case and will learn lessons for the future.”
A CPS spokesman stated: “This was an uncommon and difficult case and we respect the choice of the jury.
“We will not be seeking a retrial having considered the developments at the trial.”


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