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Maoist parties against courts handling war-time cases

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KATHMANDU — Maoist parties have concluded that they should have a common view on fathoming different conflict-era issues through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons.

A meeting of six Maoist parties on Wednesday chose to press the government to address all war-time cases as both the commissions have begun collecting complaints from conflict victims.

The parties including UCPN-Maoist led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-Revolutionary Maoist led by Mohan Baidya, CPN (Maoist) led by Matrika Yadav, Revolutionary Communist Party led by Mani Thapa and Naya Shakti Nepal led by Baburam Bhattarai held a joint meeting in Kathmandu and concluded that all the conflict-era issues including human rights violations cased should be dealt by the twin transitional justice mechanisms.

The meeting held at the party headquarters of the UCPN in Parisdanda concluded that ‘a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the peace process’ by taking war-era cases to regular courts.

The meeting also decided to demand that the cases being handled by police and courts be brought to these commissions.

According to a press statement issued after the meeting, the six parties chose to establish a ‘joint legal desk’ to study the war-time cases and offer recommendations to the government.

The Maoist parties have additionally questioned over the late order of the Supreme Court in regards to the war-time cases. “Even after Truth and Reconciliation Commission started looking after war-era cases, the Supreme Court recently issued an order against former lawmaker of UCPN (Maoist) Keshav Rai. We have taken this issue seriously,” lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari said.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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