Sussex arrest in torture case

A Nepali army officer has been charged with two counts of torture after allegedly inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity. Kumar Lama, 46, of St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, will appear in court later today.

Court appearance follows Sussex arrest

The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 15 2005 and May 1 2005, and April 15 2005 and October 31 2005 at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks, Kapilvastu, Nepal.

These time periods fall within the Himalayan's nation's decade-long Maoist insurgency.

The government of Nepal summoned the British ambassador in Kathmandu to protest over the officer's arrest.

Nepal officials said Col Lama is serving as a military observer under the UN Mission in Southern Sudan and was on a holiday in London.

Scotland Yard said the arrest did not take place at the request of Nepali authorities

Torture case: Colonel in court

A Nepalese army officer has appeared in court charged with two counts of torture.

Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, of St Peters Road, Hastings, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity.

Lama, who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, spoke only to confirm his identity when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He is currently serving as a UN peacekeeper in South Sudan and had been due to return to Africa today after spending Christmas in East Sussex, the court heard.

He is currently serving as a UN peacekeeper in South Sudan and had been due to return to Africa today after spending Christmas in East Sussex, the court heard.

The offences are said to have taken place in 2005, at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks, Kapilvastu, Nepal.

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