Charles Sobhraj over 20 years in prison in Nepal killer who authorities believe was responsible for a number of killings in the 1970s and 1980s, was scheduled to be released on Thursday, according to his attorney.
On the “hippie trail” through Asia, Sobhraj, a 78-year-old French national suspected of killing more than 20 Western backpackers, generally by drugging their food or drink while stealing them, is suspected.
Invoking his advanced age, the Nepalese Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered his release from prison, where he had already spent 19 years of a 20-year term.
He had served 19 years out of a 20-year sentence and had been detained in a high-security jail in Kathmandu since his arrest in 2003 on suspicion of killing American hiker Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975.
Sobhraj denied killing the American woman, and his attorneys claimed the accusation was merely presumptive.
Later on, he was also convicted guilty of the murder of Laurent Carriere, a Canadian acquaintance of Bronzich.
He was, however, under suspicion for many more murders.
In the middle of the 1970s, Thailand, where he was dubbed the “bikini murderer,” issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of drugging and murdering six women, some of whom were found dead on a beach close to the Pattaya resort.
Before he could be tried for the allegations brought against him in Thailand, he was imprisoned in India in 1976 for poisoning a group of French visitors in the nation’s capital, New Delhi.
Charles Sobhraj Movie
Randeep Hooda played the lead in Praval Raman’s 2015 release Main Aur Charles, based on Charles’s biography. Adil Hussain played the role of senior police officer Amod Kanth, who was handling the Sobhraj case. It was an impressive film, but it did not do well at the box office.
Sobhraj, Or How to Be Friends with a Serial Killer (2004)
In the year 2004, Finnish filmmaker Jan Wellman made a documentary titled ‘Sobhraj, or How to be Friends with a Serial Killer (2004)’. The film sparked renewed interest in the subject at the time, given the fact that Sobhraj was arrested on 22 September 2003.