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Serial killer The Serpent, Charles Sobhraj, to be freed from Nepal jail

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On Wednesday, Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the release of Charles Sobhraj, the French serial killer portrayed in Netflix’s The Serpent who was responsible for a string of murders across Asia in the 1970s.

On Wednesday, Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the release of notorious French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, a Frenchman of Indian and Vietnamese ancestry who has been imprisoned in Nepal since 2003 on murder charges.

According to Supreme Court sources, a joint bench of justices Sapana Pradhan Malla and Tilak Prasad Shrestha ordered Sobhraj’s release from jail.

In addition, the court ordered that Sobhraj be allowed to return to his home country within 15 days.

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Sobharaj, dubbed “the Bikini Killer” and “the Serpent” for his skill at deception and evasion, has been serving a life sentence in the Kathmandu jail since 2003 for the 1975 murder of American woman Connie Jo Bronzich in Nepal. In 2014, he was convicted of the murder of Laurent Carriere, a Canadian backpacker, and sentenced to life in prison for the second time.

In Nepal, a life sentence entails 20 years in prison.

 

His strategy was to charm and befriend his victims, many of whom were starry-eyed Western backpackers on a spiritual quest, before drugging, robbing, and murdering them.

Sobhraj began travelling the world in the early 1970s, befriending and robbing young backpackers as he made his way along the Hippie Trail from Europe to Southeast Asia, after a troubled childhood and several prison terms in France for petty crimes.

The notorious killer was serving two life sentences in Nepal’s capital, each for 20 years, for the murders of an American woman, Connie Jo Bronzich, and her Canadian backpacker friend, Laurent Carriere.

He was found guilty in two separate trials, the most recent in 2014, when he was sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison for the murder of Carriere.

However, Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered Sobhraj’s release on Wednesday after his legal team successfully petitioned for a reduction in his prison term due to his age, 78, and good behaviour.

A provision in Nepalese law allows inmates who have demonstrated good character and served 75% of their sentence to be released.

Sobhraj was imprisoned in India for 21 years, with a 22-day break in 1986 when he escaped from the high-security Tihar Jail after drugging security guards whom he had served sweets on the pretext of celebrating his birthday.

Sobhraj is suspected of murdering 15 to 20 people in the 1970s. Two of his victims were discovered wearing nothing but bikinis. He befriended mostly Western tourists in Asia before drugging and murdering the majority of them between 1972 and 1976.

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