TRC may take up journo murder case

- PRAKASH ADHIKARI, Dailekh

Nov 11, 2014-

The Dailekh District Court has asked both plaintiffs and defendants to present a written note in the court on whether the journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa murder case should be looked into by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act. A single bench of Judge Dilliratna Shrestha asked both the plaintiffs and defendants to be present in the court on December 1 with the written note on the matter.   

Likewise, the court also ordered the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction to inform the court on the progress made in formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its works and the report about exhumation of the body of Thapa by the National Human Rights Commission including DNA test report and suggestions given to the government on the case through the district attorney office.

Meanwhile, the direction of the court on the journalist Thapa murder case has reignited discussions on the matter among law practitioners and rights defenders. While the rights defenders are arguing that serious human rights violations committed during the Maoist insurgency including the Dekendra Thapa murder case should not be dealt with by the regular criminal justice system, advocate Govinda Prasad Sharma ‘Bandi’ claimed that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission cannot look into the Dekendra Thapa murder case. “The commission cannot look into the Dekendra Thapa murder case as it is sub-judice in the court,” he said.

Dailekh district-based journalist Thapa was killed by the former Maoist rebels in August, 2004. Thapa had left the district headquarters to meet some local rebel leaders to discuss the resumption of drinking water supply that was cut off by the rebels. But the Maoist rebels captured him on the way, tortured him for days before burying him alive.

Published: 12-11-2014 09:35

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