Man arrested over alleged Nepalese civil war crimes

A MAN was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service in connection with torture allegedly committed during the Nepalese Civil War.

Officers went to the residential address in St Leonards at 7.19am where they detained a 46-year-old man under Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

He was taken to a police station in Sussex while his property was searched.

The investigation is being led by the Counter Terrorism Command, which has responsibility for investigating alleged war crimes and human rights abuses.

The allegations relate to torture committed in Nepal in 2005.

A statement released by the victim’s solicitors, London-based solicitors Hickman and Rose, read: “The suspect currently resides in the UK, having been granted British citizenship. The victim of the alleged offence is a client of Hickman & Rose.

“Although torture is not a criminal offence in Nepal, the victim hopes that the British legal system will deliver justice in accordance with international treaties which criminalise torture wherever it occurs in the world.”

When he learned of the arrest, the victim said: “I am delighted and relieved to hear that finally the person who was involved in torturing me has been arrested. I trust that the British system will deliver justice, something I was not able to get in my own country.”

The victim’s solicitor Kate Maynard would not confirm where the victim was from.

She said: “This firm has worked very hard on a number of these cases and it is a source of great satisfaction to know that the UK takes seriously its international obligation to investigate and where appropriate to prosecute alleged crimes of this nature.”

In the UK, Parliament has given the courts jurisdiction to prosecute all suspected war criminals and torturers, including where neither the victim nor the suspect has any connection with Britain. This complies with treaty obligations.

The Nepalese Civil War was an armed conflict between government forces and Maoist fighters which lasted from 1996 until 2006. The war was launched by the Communist Party of Nepal on February 13, 1996, with the aim of overthrowing the Nepalese monarchy and establishing a ‘People’s Republic’.

It ended with the Comprehensive Peace Accord signed on November 21, 2006.