Charles ‘The Serpent’ Sobhraj French Serial Killer Released From Nepali Jail

Charles Sobhraj, the famous French serial killer who was the basis for the award-nominated TV show “The Serpent,” got out of a Nepali prison on Friday.

“Sobhraj has been released from the jail. He has been handed over to the immigration department. The officials at the immigration department informed us that he would be deported to France soon, as early as today,” Ishwari Prasad Pandey, an official at Nepal Central prison told CNN.

Sobhraj, who was 78 years old, was serving a life sentence in Nepal for killing two tourists in 1975. However, many of the other murders he is thought to have committed have not been solved.

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Nepal’s highest court ordered him to be set free on Wednesday because of his age and health. The court said that he has heart disease and needs open-heart surgery. Local officials said that they were making plans to deport Sobhraj right away. This could happen as soon as Friday.

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

“The court’s order is to send him to his home country within 15 days. We are working to deport him keeping that timeframe in mind. He will remain under the supervision of Nepal’s government until he flies out. We are working with the home ministry on his safety,” Kumari added.

The official said that the department is in close touch with the French embassy in Kathmandu. Sobhraj was born in French-controlled Saigon, Vietnam. He went to jail for the first time in 1963 for burglary in Paris.

After that, he was accused of crimes in France, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, and Malaysia. He also escaped from prison in more than one country. Because he did this so often, people called him “The Serpent.”

Biographers say that Sobhraj eventually admitted to at least 12 killings between 1972 and 1976 and hinted at more to interviewers. He then took back his confessions before more court cases, though. No one knows how many people he has killed.

A Nepali court found Sobhraj guilty of killing Canadian tourist Laurent Carrière in 1975 and gave him a 20-year sentence in 2014. “The Serpent,” a BBC/Netflix show coming out in 2021, is based on the alleged murders of Sobhraj.

It tells how, for years, he hid from the law in Asia while he allegedly drugged, robbed, and killed backpackers along the so-called “hippie trail,” while former Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg worked with authorities to catch him.

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