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French serial killer Charles Sobhraj is expected to return to France but will not be released from prison until Friday, his lawyer said.

French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, whose series of murders across Asia in the 1970s were portrayed in the Netflix series The Serpent, is still waiting for you to get out of prison on Thursday after a Nepalese court ordered his release for health reasons.

The Supreme Court in Kathmandu ruled Wednesday that Sobhraj, 78, who has been in prison in the Himalayan republic since 2003 for two murders decades earlier, should be released immediately. and deported within 15 days.

He underwent open-heart surgery in 2017 and his release is in line with legislation that allows for the charitable release of bedridden inmates who have served three-quarters of his sentence. them, the judgment said.

Sobhraj is expected to return to France but will not be released from prison until Friday, his lawyer said, despite earlier signs that he was about to be released.

“Today he is in Central Prison again. He will be sent to immigration tomorrow,” his lawyer, Gopal Shiwakoti Chintan, told reporters on Thursday.

Ishwari Prasad Pandey, a warden at Central Prison, told Reuters news agency he would be released on Friday morning.

Pandey said Sobhraj was expected to be released from prison on Thursday but it took time to complete the procedures before his release, including a medical check-up.

A French foreign ministry spokesman told AFP that the country’s embassy in Nepal was monitoring the situation.

“If the deportation request is notified to them, France will have to accept it because Mr. Sobhraj is a French citizen.”

Sobhraj started traveling around the world in the early 1970s and ended up in the Thai capital Bangkok.

As a gem dealer, he befriends his victims, many of them backpackers on the hippie streets of the 1970s, before drugging, robbing and killing surname.

“He despises backpackers; he sees them as poor, young drug addicts,” Australian journalist Julie Clarke, who interviewed Sobhraj, told AFP last year.

Clever and sophisticated, he was implicated in his first murder, that of a young American woman whose body was found on a beach wearing a bikini in 1975.

Nicknamed the “bikini killer,” he was ultimately implicated in more than 20 murders.

Another of Sobhraj’s nicknames, “The Serpent”, comes from his ability to assume another identity to evade justice.

It became the title of last year’s hit BBC and Netflix series based on his life.

‘He looks harmless’

He was captured in India in 1976 and ended up serving 21 years in prison there, with a brief respite in 1986 when he escaped and was recaptured in the Indian coastal state of Goa.

Sobhraj escaped from India’s Tihar prison in 1986 after drugging the guards with cookies and cakes laced with sleeping pills. A few days later, he was arrested by the police at a restaurant.

Charles Sobhraj, left, is wanted in eight different countries for crimes ranging from car theft to murder
Charles Sobhraj, left, wanted in eight different countries for crimes ranging from car theft to murder, is handcuffed by police at a court in New Delhi, India, January 20, 1993 [File: Ajit Kumar/AP]

Freed in 1997, Sobhraj lived in Paris, paying for journalists’ interviews, but returned to Nepal in 2003.

He was quickly spotted by journalist Joseph Nathan, now a consultant for the Himalayan Times in the tourist area of ​​Kathmandu, and arrested in a casino.

“He looked harmless… Luckily I recognized him,” Nathan told AFP on Thursday. “I think it’s karma.”

A court there gave him a life sentence the following year for the 1975 murder of US tourist Connie Jo Bronzich. A decade later, he was also found guilty of murdering Bronzich’s Canadian companion. .

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