U.K. court grants bail to Nepali Col. Lama

2013-03-03 05:34:20 GMT2013-03-03 13:34:20(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A U.K. court has delivered conditional release order for Nepal's serving Colonel Kumar Lama, who was arrested in London on Jan. 3 on charges of committing torture during insurgency back home in 2005.

A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex on Friday issued the order, under which Lama will be released after depositing a bail amount of 10,000 pound sterling, Nepal's media reported Sunday.

"As per the court's ruling, Lama will be freed early this week. But he cannot leave U.K. and has to present himself at the court of law whenever required," said Nepal's Ambassador to U.K. Suresh Chalise.

The U.K. government has planted an electronic tagging device in Lama's residence to monitor his activities, while he is restricted from meeting the plaintiff or witnesses who filed the case against him.

Lama has been further instructed to remain under a 'home curfew ' from 10 p.m. in the night to 7 a.m. in the morning.

"It's a positive step that Col. Lama has been granted a bail," said Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ambassador Chalise met with Richard Ottaway, chairperson of U.K.'s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Following the meeting, the All Party Britain-Nepal Parliamentary Group wrote a letter to British Foreign Secretary William Hague seeking details from him about the detention.

Lama was serving under the U.N. Peace Keeping Mission in South Sudan before he flew to London to join his family on a vacation and got arrested.

To fight Lama's case, Nepali government has hired Kingsley Napley law firm, which previously defended the case of Chilean President Augusto Pinochet.

Lama's next hearing is on May 10.

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