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UK charges Nepalese colonel for ‘inflicting torture’ during 2005 civil war

UK charges Nepalese colonel for ‘inflicting torture’ during 2005 civil war London, Jan 5 : A Nepalese army official has been charged with two offences of torture after being arrested in Britain.

Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, was arrested in East Sussex on Thursday and will appear at Westminster magistrates' court on Saturday, Scotland Yard said.

According to the Independent, he was charged with "inflicting severe pain or suffering" on Janak Bahadur Raut and Karam Hussain in 2005 at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks, Kapilvastu, Nepal.

At the time the offences are said to have taken place, Napal was beset by a civil war in which the authorities were faced by a Maoist insurgency, which ended in 2006.

Col Lama was said by Nepalese officials to have been on holiday in London while serving as a military observer under the UN Mission in Sudan.

According to the paper, the arrest by the Metropolitan Police prompted the Nepalese authorities to summon the UK ambassador in Kathmandu to make an official protest.

They have demanded the immediate release of the army officer, the paper added. (ANI)