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UN welcomes court verdict on Maina Sunuwar murder

Apr, 2017

The United Nations has welcomed the Kavre District Court’s Sunday’s verdict in which the bench convicted three former Nepal Army officials of killing Maina Sunuwar during the insurgency.

“This is a significant step towards ensuring victims’ rights to justice and providing redress for those who have lost loved ones during the decade-long conflict,” the UN said in a statement on Tuesday.

The court on Sunday sentenced Bobby Khatri, Amit Pun and Sunil Adhikari, who were stationed at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre in Panchkhal, Kavre at the time of the incident, to 20 years in jail.

This only the second ever conviction linked to crimes committed during Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict which ended in 2006 after a peace deal between then Maoist rebels and the government.

“The United Nations calls upon the government, in accordance with Nepali law, to implement the court’s ruling without delay, as well as court judgments in all other conflict-era cases,” the UN added.  “The UN counts on the government to promptly implement the Supreme Court’s ruling of February 2015 by amending the transitional justice legislation in accordance with the judgment and international standards.”

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