Sobhraj, known as the serpent, has been released from a nepalese prison. he is a 78 year old convicted murderer who had been serving two sentences, each 20 years, in nepal’s capital kathmandu for the 1975 murder of an american woman, connie jo bronzich, and her canadian backpacker friend, laurent carriere. sobhraj had been preying on mostly young western backpackers on the hippie trail in india and thailand and had previously spent 20 years in prison in india.
Release of sobhraj occurred on wednesday when nepal’s supreme court ordered his release after his legal team successfully filed a petition claiming he should be given a concession on his prison term due to health reasons. a provision in nepalese law also allows inmates who have shown good character and completed 75% of their jail term to be released. sobhraj is now ordered to return to france.
Was convicted for the 1975 murder of an american woman, connie jo bronzich, and her canadian backpacker friend, laurent carriere. he was sentenced to a high security prison for murdering carriere. his story was covered in the bbc drama the serpent. he was given a concession on his prison term due to health reasons and was released after a court ruled in favour of his age and good behaviour. he had been in jail for 19 years.