Charles ‘The Serpent’ Sobhraj, A French Serial killer, Has Been Released From A Nepali Prison!

Serial killer The Serpent, Charles Sobhraj, deported from Nepal

On Friday, infamous French serial killer Charles Sobhraj was released from a Nepali prison. Sobhraj’s story was the basis for the Emmy-nominated TV series “The Serpent.”

Sobhraj’s prison sentence has ended. The immigration authorities have given him over. According to Ishwari Prasad Pandey, an official at Nepal Central Prison, “the officials at the immigration department informed us that he would be deported to France soon, as early as today.”

Despite the fact that Sobhraj, now 78, has been in prison in Nepal since 1975 for the murder of two foreign tourists, many of the other murders he is suspected of committing remain unsolved.

Nepal’s highest court ordered his release on Wednesday due to his advanced age and poor health. According to the court, he has heart disease and must undergo open-heart surgery.

Officials in the area have stated that they are making preparations for Sobhraj’s immediate deportation, which could take place as soon as this coming Friday.

According to CNN, acting Director General of Nepal’s immigration department Pradarshani Kumari said, “we are working on gathering all the necessary travel documents to deport Sobhraj to France,” adding that “it could happen today (Friday), it might take a few days.”

Within 15 days, the court ordered that he be returned to his home country. Keeping that timeline in mind, we are working to have him deported. Before he leaves Nepal, he will remain under the watchful eye of the government. Regarding his safety, we are coordinating with the home ministry,” Kumari said.

The representative confirmed that constant communication is maintained between the department and the French embassy in Kathmandu.

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Sobhraj, who was born in French-controlled Saigon, Vietnam, was first imprisoned in France in 1963 for burglary and has since been accused of criminal activity in a number of other countries, including the UK, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, and Malaysia.

He evaded authorities so often that they dubbed him “The Serpent,” after one of his aliases.

‘Bikini Killer

Sobhraj, whose parents were Indian and Vietnamese before she married a Frenchman, began a life of crime at a young age and eventually found himself in Thailand in 1975. Many Western hippies traveling through Southeast Asia in the 1970s fell victim to his scam when he pretended to be a gem trader and made friends with them before drugging, robbing, and killing them.

'Bikini Killer

He was smooth and sophisticated when he was accused of murdering a young American woman in a bikini on a beach in 1975. He was called the “bikini killer” because he was eventually connected to over 20 homicides. He was taken into custody in India in 1976 and remained there for the better part of 21 years, with the exception of a brief period in 1986 when he escaped prison by drugging his guards. In Goa, he was finally apprehended.

Sobhraj was released in 1997 and spent some time in Paris where he gave interviews to journalists for money before moving back to Nepal in 2003. When journalist Joseph Nathan, co-founder of the Himalayan Times, spotted him playing baccarat in a casino, he arrested him in dramatic fashion.

“Even at first glance, he didn’t seem dangerous. Only dumb luck allowed me to identify him “On Thursday, Nathan expressed to AFP. Karma, I believe, was to blame.

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After killing American tourist Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975, he was given a life sentence by a Nepalese court the following year. Ten years later, he was also convicted of murdering Bronzich’s Canadian friend.

From behind bars, Sobhraj continued to insist he was innocent of both murders and that the trip to Nepal that led to his arrest was his first ever. In an interview with AFP in 2007, he said, “I really didn’t do it, and I think I will be out.” He was speaking from his cell in Kathmandu’s Central Jail.

It was Thai police officer Sompol Suthimai’s efforts with Interpol that led to the 1976 arrest, and she had long advocated for him to be extradited to Thailand to face murder charges there.

December 23rd, Kathmandu

Charles Sobhraj, a man convicted of murdering his own twin sister, was deported to France on a Qatar Airways flight this evening after spending more than 19 years in prison. To prevent him from returning to Nepal for the next decade,

Sobhraj was deported to his home country, and Assistant Director General of the Department of Immigration Pradarsani Kumari confirmed this to THT. According to her, the French government decided to expeditiously deport Sobhraj back to his home country, so they flew him there.

December 23rd, Kathmandu

His flight was scheduled to depart after he had completed all necessary paperwork and travel requirements. For the 1975 murders of Canadian tourist Laurent Carriere and American tourist Connie Jo Bronzich, Sobhraj was given a 20-year prison sentence. The Himalayan Times published a front-page scoop in September 2003 titled “The Serpent living incognito in Thamel,

” which led to his arrest the following day by Nepal Police from Casino Royale. Sobhraj’s wife and lawyer, Advocate Nihita Biswas, said after he was released from prison, “My main concern is to arrange for his immediate return to his country for his own security.

” He was accused of wrongdoing in multiple countries, including France, Greece, Iran, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, and Malaysia; his mother was Vietnamese and his father was Indian. Along the so-called “Hippie Trail” in the 1970s, he was accused of drugging, robbing, and murdering Western backpackers, mostly young women.

Because of his skill at evading capture, he is known as “The Serpent.” Subsequently, in 2021, the name was used for a BBC and Netflix series about the serial killer. After 21 years in an Indian prison, Sobhraj escaped from Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1986 by giving guards cookies and cakes laced with sleeping pills.

He was on the run for 22 days. This article is a print version of an article that will appear in the December 24, 2022 issue of The Himalayan Times.

Last Words

In 2008, he wed Nihita Biswas, a Nepali lawyer 44 years his junior, while he was serving time in prison. She told reporters in Kathmandu that he has refocused his energies on his health and his family. In an interview with AFP in 2007, he said, “I really didn’t do it and I think I will be out.” He was speaking from his cell in Kathmandu’s Central Jail.

It was Thai police officer Sompol Suthimai’s efforts with Interpol that led to the 1976 arrest, and she had long advocated for him to be extradited to Thailand to face murder charges there. On Thursday, he told AFP he had no problem with the release because he and the criminal he had once pursued were both too old to care about the outcome.

Now that it’s been so long, Suthimai, who is 90 years old, says, “I don’t have any feelings toward him.” To paraphrase, “I think he has already paid for his actions.”


  • Karan Sirari

    I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.


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