Man charged with Nepal torture

A man has been charged with two counts of torture allegedly perpetrated during the conflict in Nepal. Kumar Lama was arrested on Thursday in Sussex. The Nepali government has summoned the UK ambassador over the arrest.

Nepal's decade-long conflict claimed 16,000 lives

Nepalese policemen take position on a street near the royal palace in Kathmandu in February 2005
Nepalese policemen take position on a street near the royal palace in Kathmandu in February 2005 Credit: REUTERS/Arko Datta

Nepal's decade-long civil war claimed 16,000 lives and displaced 100,000 people.

The conflict was between Maoist rebels trying to overthrow the country's ruling monarch and the national army. There are allegations of human rights allegations on both sides.

The Maoists ended the conflict in 2006 under a peace deal with the government and won a general election in 2008.

UK Ambassador 'summoned by Nepal govt' over torture arrest

The Nepalese government has summoned the British Ambassador in Kathmandu over the arrest of a Nepalese army official in the UK on torture charges, the BBC reports.

Kumar Lama, 46, was arrested at an address in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex on Thursday. Metropolitan Police confirmed this evening that he has been charged with two counts of torture relating to the Nepal Civil War in 2005.

The BBC quotes Nepal's foreign minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha as saying "We express strong objection to this mistake and urge that it be corrected."

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