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British Court releases Colonel Kumar Lama on bail

LONDON: Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama held in the United Kingdom in January on the charge of war crimes allegedly committed during the Maoist insurgency was released on bail on Friday.

The British court released Lama after he deposited bail amount of £10,000, as sought by the Court. However, the court has ordered him not to leave the UK until court decides on the case. Kumar Lama, who was in UK to meet his family, was arrested from Sussex based on a complaint filed by a person allegedly tortured by him. Advocacy Forum, a Nepal-based human rights group, had helped file the case in collaboration with a UK law firm.

Colonel Lama was released under the supervision of the UK-based Nepali Embassy after the government of Nepal assured the court that it will not issue any travel documents for him.

Lama who was arrested on January 3, and later remanded in custody on the charge of tortures to the detainees while being at Gorusinghe Army Barracks in Kapilvastu during the then conflict, was granted bail by the court on March 2.

The next formal court hearing in the case is due to take place in June.

Published Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2013 | 05:15 AM

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