Seventy Nepalis prisoners are stuck in the Thai jails in the
absence of an extradition treaty between Nepal and Thailand,
a report said. Most Nepalese were imprisoned in Thailand on
charges of drug trafficking, the report added.
According to The Rising Nepal, the Thai government had back
in 2000 handed a proposal to Nepal, asking it to sign an
extradition treaty. However, Nepal is still engaged in
arranging the necessary groundwork.
We have been working for the transfer of the Nepalis held
in the Thai jails. The legal formalities that need to be
completed will take a long time,? the daily quoted minister
of state for foreign affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat as
According to a Nepali diplomat, although most of the
Nepalese have been held on charges of drug trafficking,
majority of them have been made ?scapegoats? by drug dealers
who had them carry drugs promising them a lot of money and
attractive jobs, the daily reported.
The inmates have been requesting the Nepal government
transfer them to Nepali jails, it is reported. Four inmates
have died in different Thai jails in the last 18 years,
according to the daily. nepalnews.com pd Aug 19 04