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Nepal envoy to Australia Lucky Sherpa sacked

KATHMANDU: The Government has decided to sack Nepal’s Ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa. A Cabinet meeting held on late Monday took the decision to sack Nepal’s Ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa.

Sherpa was charged against human trafficking allegation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is investigating the allegation against Sherpa, has summoned her.

Lucky’s Driver Wongchhu Sherpa accused her and her husband of human trafficking saying he had collected money for them from some people promising them safe passage to Australia. Talking to media over phone from Australia, Wongchhu said he had paid Rs 3.3 million to Ambassador Sherpa’s husband and her mother to go to Australia. He said he flew to Australia with Ambassador Sherpa on 9 June 2017.

Driver Wongchhu informed he had collected Rs 250,000 from Niphuti Sherpa, 400,000 from Tashi Sherpa and Rs 1.4 million from Nim Dawa Sherpa at Ambassador Sherpa’s behest. He said he told the three persons he had filed a case against Sherpa in Australia and would return their money once he got it from the ambassador, but they wrongly implicated his wife in the case. He said one of the persons who had given him money wrongly implicated his wife in a fraud case and his wife was staying in judicial custody since May 20. Wonghhu said Sherpa had made him sign a bond saying he would pay her Rs 6.4 million for ensuring safe passage for his wife to Australia. He said she had told him to pay from his and his wife’s salary every month.

Sherpa was appointed ambassador during PM Oli’s first term in 2015-16. She was proposed as ambassador by the then Maoist Center chief Dahal and accepted by the then CPN-UML led by KP Oli.

Published Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 | 01:10 AM

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