Confessed killer denies being involved in deaths


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  • Sunday, 21 Sep 2003

KATHMANDU: The confessed killer known as “the Serpent,” accused of murdering dozens of tourists across Asia, denied involvement in the deaths of two young women in 1975 in Nepal yesterday. 

Charles Sobhraj was picked up on Friday at a casino here and questioned about the unsolved murders of an American and a Canadian backpacker whose charred bodies were found on the city's outskirts. 

Police said Sobhraj, 59, came to Nepal in 1975 on a Dutch passport under the alias Henricus Bintanja and now has a French passport with the name Charles Sobhraj Gur- mukh. 

Sobhraj denied involvement in the killings, insisting during questioning that this was his first trip to the Himalayan country, police official Ganesh Chetri said. 

He was expected to appear in court tomorrow. 

Sobhraj, who earned his nickname for his talent at disguise and escape, is suspected of killing at least 20 people in India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Hong Kong between 1972 and 1982. 

Police said they began searching for Sobhraj after a newspaper published photographs on Wednesday of the alleged serial killer getting on a motorcycle in Nepal's capital. 

After serving 21 years in prison in India for theft, Sobhraj was deported in 1997 to France, where he was investigated for allegedly trying to poison a group of French tourists in India. – AP  

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