Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Judicial independence in Nepal

Nepal's República reports here on a remarkable decision by an Army special court. Major General Prakash Thaka was dismissed several years ago by a court of inquiry been headed by the officer who is currently the Chief of Army Staff. The charges were perjury and abuse of authority and negligence in failing to identify forged educational records that were submitted by a brigadier general. Gen. Thaka and another officer were dismissed. On review, the special court acquitted Gen. Thaka. Whether he will now be restored to duty remains to be seen. The news report does not say what happened to the other officer.

Perhaps there is more to the story (as there often is), but considering the position currently held by the officer who headed the court of inquiry, Gen. Thaka's acquittal is impressive evidence of judicial independence.

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