British court grants £10K bail to Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama

Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama

KATHMANDU: Nepali Army colonel arrested war crime torture by the British police earlier has been granted bail by the local court on Friday.

The Chelmsford Crown Court has pressed £10,000 amount for bailing out Lama the BBC reported quoting Nepali ambassador to UK, Suresh Chalise.

The report further said that Lama will be out of the bars once the Nepali government posts the bail. With the proceedings done in time, Lama is expected to be out by next week at the earliest.

Lama, a serving colonel of the Nepal Army was arrested on January 3 by the British Metropolitan Police in Sussex for alleged war crimes committed by him in 2005.

Earlier in January 24, he was sent to judicial custody till May 10.

He was arrested as per the Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act, which permits the UK to arrest and prosecute people accused of human rights abuses committed overseas, even if the crime is not connected to events in the UK.

Lama had been serving his term with the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Sudan.