UN condemns Nepal`s murder suspect minister
Agni Sapkota is still a suspect in a kidnapping and murder case.
Kathmandu: The United Nations has condemned Nepal`s appointment of a former communist rebel as a government minister while he is still a suspect in a kidnapping and murder case.
The world body said on Friday that Nepal`s government broke commitments to uphold human rights by appointing Agni Sapkota as minister of information and communications despite the open case against him.
Sapkota says he is innocent in the 2005 abduction and killing of a man blamed on the Maoist rebels. He says the case is being pushed by his political enemies.
Sapkota is a member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the political wing of the former rebels that was the top vote-getter in elections after a political settlement ended their decades-long rebellion. He was appointed to his new post on Wednesday.