Slain king Birendra and family didn't have Swiss banks accounts



Kathmandu: Nepal's slain King Birendra Shah and his family members does not have any property in Switzerland contrary to the widely held public perception, Swiss authorities said.

A recent letter from the Swiss Embassy to Office of the Nepal Trust (ONT) said that there is neither money nor property deposited in the banks in Switzerland in the names of late King Birendra and his family.

It was widely believed that the late King and his family had amassed huge amount of money that were stashed in the Swiss banks.

The Swiss Embassy in Kathmandu, about three weeks ago responded to a request made by the Trust, saying no property or cash was deposited in the banks in Switzerland in the names of late king Birendra, queen Aishwarya, crown prince Dipendra and prince Nirajan, informed Sharad Raj Bista, spokesperson for ONT.

The Trust was established to search whether the late royal family had property or cash in their names in the country and abroad.

King Birendra and his family members were killed in a royal massacre on June 1, 2001.

The Trust has brought in total Rs 176.6 million cash, acres of land, several business complexes and other fixed assets that were in the name of the late royal family members under the government purview.

PTI