July 14, 2010 Kathmandu – Nepal’s Supreme Court is expected to give its verdict on the appeal of the infamous “bikini killer” Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj on Wednesday, against conviction in a murder case – that dates back to 1975. Sobhraj was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American backpacker.
Sobhraj was convicted by the Kathmandu district court in 2004 for the murder of an American tourist Connie Jo Bronzich in Nepal.
Charles Sobhraj’s role is suspected in 12 murder cases across Asia but his tryst with Nepalese law began at the Manohara bridge near Koteshwar in Kathmandu about 32 years ago. Charles allegedly had killed American backpacker Connie Jo Bronzich here in 1975 and then fled from Nepal.
After several trysts with the law in scores of other countries, Sobharaj returned to Nepal in 2003, only to be arrested and convicted in the Bronzich murder. Unfazed Charles appealed in the Supreme Court which initially sent the case back to the lower courts for re-trial on technical grounds.
“The two judges don’t want to be the ones to acquit me and face criticism by a section of the Nepalese media who have been after me since four years. But I am shocked that on the excuse of reopening the so-called passport case, they have reopened the de novo case,” said Charles.
However, the case is back in the Supreme Court now and twin judge bench is set to decide if Charles will spend the rest of his life behind bars or walk free after seven years.