Nepal furious over British arrest of army colonel
NEPAL: Nepal’s foreign minister on Friday expressed “strong
objections” to the arrest of a Nepalese army colonel by British police
over allegations of torture committed during the Himalayan nation’s
Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha named the arrested man as
46-year-old colonel Kumar Lama, who was taken into custody by British
police on Thursday, and called on the British government to release him.
“The arrest of Lama, who has been serving in the United Nations
mission in Sudan, without informing the concerned government and without
any evidence, is against the general principle of international law and
jurisdiction of a sovereign country,” said Shrestha. “We have expressed
strong objections to this act. Nepal Army personnel would be punished
according to their own internal committee. And we are committed to
punish anyone who has violated human rights,” Shrestha told reporters.
“This act has hurt our attempt to ensure a long-lasting peace. We are
going through a transitional phase and are committed to completing the
peace process. We have urged the British government to release him
immediately,” Shrestha said.
According to a foreign ministry press statement, the acting secretary
of the ministry on Friday called on the British ambassador and submitted
a “protest note” requesting the release of Lama.