Chiran Sharma, London:-The trial of a Nepali army officer accused of torture during the country’s civil war has been put back by a London court because of the lack of a qualified interpreter to translate evidence from witnesses, a court official said yesterday. Kumar Lama is charged by British prosecutors with inflicting “severe pain or suffering” on Nepali citizens Janak Bahadur Raut and Karam Hussain in an army barracks in April and May 2005, according to court listings and lawyers.
One of the victim Mr. Janak Raut and few eyewitnesses who are attending for the hearing are currently at London .As the hearing of the court getting postponed before the completion of the statement of them, they are getting perplexed. As the court has been postponed for long period they are making mind to return.The trial was supposed to finish in April, but had to be suspended this week over the interpreter issue. The jury was discharged and a provisional new trial date has been set for August.
Lama was arrested in Britain in 2013 while on leave from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. He was being tried in London under the principle of “universal jurisdiction” that means people can be prosecuted for certain crimes in one country even if the alleged crime was committed in another. The Nepal government, however, has described Lama’s arrest as “objectionable”.
Lama has denied the charges.
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