Charles Sobhraj, who is serving a life term in Kathmandu since he was arrested from a casino in 2003, is suffering from a cardiac condition. As per Indian Express, Popularly known as ‘Bikini killer’, he was hoping to make this a case for his early release for surgery in Paris.
The 73-year old collapsed in jail a few days ago and is slated to undergo a valve replacement, an open heart surgery, in Kathmandu’s Gangalal Heart Centre on Saturday. He has become frail now, which contradicts his earlier image of a flamboyant killer who went after Western tourists, spoke to The Indian Express from hospital and said he had taken permission to make the phone call.
“I don’t know if I will survive this. I have been threatened with death in the courtroom. Besides, the risk factor of an open heart surgery in Nepal is higher than France. In Nepal, it is between 3-5 per cent while in France it is only 1 per cent. But the cardiologists here have decided I should have the replacement as quickly as possible since there is significant damage in one valve and mild damage to the other. Of course, I am nervous about all this,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
A doctor in the hospital, who is treating Charles Sobhraj fro last five years said, even as his condition cannot be described as critical, but the man was “very sick”.
“He needs an urgent valve replacement and the surgery, as of now, is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. I have been regularly seeing him in prison and we decided not to wait any longer for the procedure. Provided his condition remains stable after admission, we will go ahead with the valve replacement,” the doctor was quoted as saying further by Indian Express.
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Charles Sobhraj, while describing his case added that his file was shown to doctors in UK and France through friends, but the prognosis was the same. Speaking further the man said he was expecting release from the jail in Kathmandu since 2016 and was under the impression that the authorities in Nepal did not want to risk anything happening to him in the country.