Hand Over Murder Suspect to Police: Human Rights Watch
Soldiers took Sunuwar from her home in Kharelthok VDC-6 in Kavre District on the morning of
According to the report of an army court of inquiry board, Basnet, then a captain, was in charge of the army patrol that arrested Maina Sunuwar and he was present during the early part of her questioning, including, according to the board, when her head was put under water. However, he was not brought before the court martial.
According to army records, the three men accused, Bobi Khatri, Sunil Prasad Adhikari, and Amit Pun, were only charged with minor offenses of using improper interrogation techniques and not following procedures during the disposal of the girl’s body. Although convicted of both offenses, they were sentenced to only six months in prison, and were then freed because they had spent that amount of time confined to barracks during the investigation.
As a result of police investigations, Sunuwar’s body, which had been illegally buried at the Panchkal army camp, was exhumed in March 2007. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, in response to petitions by her family, ordered the public prosecutor in Kavre to complete investigations and file charges. Under pressure from the Supreme Court, charges of illegal detention, torture, and murder were filed in the Kavre District Court against the three army officers named earlier and Basnet. The court issued arrest warrants and summonses. But none of them were arrested or appeared at a hearing in the case, nor has the Nepal Army responded to repeated requests for cooperation from the Kavre police.
To read the September 2009, Human Rights Watch report, “Waiting for Justice: Unpunished Crimes from