PM to seek UAE pardon for Bam

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
PM to seek UAE pardon for Bam

May 9, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has stepped in to save the life of a Nepali citizen, Amar Bahadur Bam, who was slapped death penalty by a court in the United Arab Emirates some 11 years ago. He is writing to a UAE Sheikh to pardon him.

Bam, a resident of Dhari Village Develo-pment Committee in Darchula district in far-western Nepal, was accused of murdering an Indian national, Sharad Shetty, in 2003 and has been languishing in the Al Abira Central Jail in Dubai.

Koirala has designated Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal as a special envoy to meet a UAE Sheikh and hand over his letter requesting pardon for Bam if he has committed any crime in that land.

Minister Rijal is travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday to attend a UN Conference on information and communication. On his way back from Geneva to Kathmandu via UAE, Rijal will make a stopover in the UAE for the assignment, said Koirala’s Foreign Relations Advisor Dinesh Bhattarai.

The Nepali Embassy in UAE is arranging a meeting between Rijal and a Sheikh but, the minister said, no confirmation has been made about it.

Pressure is building from lawmakers from the western region on the government

to save Bam while hundreds of Nepalis living abroad have contributed more than Rs 7 million in blood money.

Earlier, a Nepali maid, Domla Sherpa, was spared in Kuwait death penalty slapped on the charge of killing a Filipino colleague in 2008. Later, the government and Nepali expatriates collected more than US $10,000 as blood money while the family of the Filipino pardoned her after accepting the amount. In some Gulf countries, the court frees convicts if the deceased’s next of kin pardon the accused.

Leaving his newly-wed bride in his village, Bam first went to India seeking a small job and worked as a driver. Later he went to Dubai on a driver’s visa. One fateful day in 2003, he was arrested by the UAE police on charge of killing Shetty.

Published: 10-05-2014 09:08

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