Killer dubbed ‘The Serpent’ arrives in France from Nepal

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PARIS — Confessed serial killer Charles Sobhraj arrived in France Saturday after being launched from a life sentence in a Nepal jail.

Sobhraj, a 78-year-old French citizen, had been serving time for the deaths of American and Canadian backpackers within the Seventies. He has prior to now admitted killing a number of Western vacationers round Asia, and was the main target of a collection co-produced by the BBC and Netflix known as “The Serpent.”

He arrived Saturday at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on a flight from Nepal through Qatar, his French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, informed The Related Press.

She welcomed his launch. “I’m very happy but very shocked that it took 19 years to obtain his normal freedom,” she stated on the airport. She stated his homicide conviction in Nepal was a “fabricated case, based on falsified documents.”

She stated Sobhraj will relaxation now that he’s again in France.

The French authorities didn’t reply to requests for touch upon whether or not he might face judicial challenges in France.

Sobhraj is believed to have killed a minimum of 20 folks in Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Hong Kong in the course of the Seventies.

Sobhraj was held for twenty years in New Delhi’s maximum-security Tihar jail on suspicion of theft however was deported with out cost to France in 1997. He resurfaced in 2003 in Kathmandu, and was convicted the following 12 months for the murders of American and Canadian backpackers in Nepal.

Life sentences in Nepal are 20 years. In asserting his launch this week, the Nepal Supreme Court docket stated he had already served greater than 75% of his sentence and had behaved properly in jail, making him eligible for launch, and he has coronary heart illness.

He was launched Friday and ordered to depart Nepal inside 15 days. A ticket was bought with cash acquired from a pal, and the French Embassy in Kathmandu ready the required journey paperwork permitting him to take a flight out, lawyer Gopal Siwakoti Chitan stated.

His “serpent” nickname stems from his popularity as a disguise and escape artist. He was also called “the bikini killer” as a result of he usually focused younger ladies.

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