Against Involuntary

Manila, September 13, 2016 – AFAD expresses its deepest regret over the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the UK not to initiate re-trial of Colonel Kumar Lama, Nepali Army officer, from the charge of torture.

Colonel Kumar Lama had been arrested more than three years ago and charged for two counts of torture that took place in Nepal in 2004. The UK had exercised its universal jurisdiction to prosecute individuals who have committed torture and other gross human rights violations. Mr. Janak Bahadur Raut and Mr. Karim Hussain had been the subject of torture in Gorusinghe Barrack and suffered torture in 2004.