Sobhraj being denied medical treatment: Lawyer

Notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj, who is serving life sentence in a Nepal prison, has complained that he was being deprived of basic medical treatment by jail authorities.

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2010, 16:34 PM IST

Kathmandu: Notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj, who is serving life sentence in a Nepal prison, has complained that he was being deprived of basic medical treatment by jail authorities.

`Bikini Killer` Sobhraj, who is lodged in the Central Jail here in connection with a 35-year-old murder case, is reported to be suffering from dental problems.

"Sobhraj is suffering from dental problems for some time, but authorities have not paid attention to his problem despite requests made for the treatment," said Shakuntala Thapa, Sobhraj`s lawyer and mother of Nihita Bishwas, who claims to have married Sobhraj.

The 66-year-old international criminal has no other health-related problem, she said.

Two months back, doctors at the Central Prison Hospital had recommended Shobhraj for a root canal operation in any dental clinic outside the jail.

Thapa said due to the persistent problem with his teeth he is unable to consume solid food.

"... Shobhraj has been deprived of basic medical treatment that can be enjoyed by all prisoners in the country," she claimed.

The apex court has fixed July 30 for delivering the final verdict on Sobhraj`s case involving the murder of an American backpacker.

Sobhraj is charged with the murder of Connie Jo Bronzich way back in December 1975 in Kathmandu.

However, he has pleaded his innocence saying he never visited Nepal before 2003, when he was caught from Royale Casino of Kathmandu.

Another case involving murder of Canadian man Laurent Carririe is pending in Bhaktapur district court against him.

His lawyer Shakuntala said that he will appear in the court in person on the day of the final verdict.

Two weeks ago when the court postponed his final verdict as the two member bench required more time to study the case. He had not appeared in court on health grounds during that hearing.

Bureau Report