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Journalist's attackers sent to jail

(Freedom Forum/IFEX) - Two men who attacked the Sankhuwasabha-based reporter with the "Annapuranapost" national daily, Kishor Budhathoki, have been given a five-year jail term.

A single bench of judge Shalik Ram Koirala delivered the verdict on December 4, 2011 to imprison Bikas Rai and Rupak Rai for the attempted murder of journalist Budhathoki.

Budhathoki was attacked with sharp weapons by Bikas Rai of Khandbari (district headquarters) and his accomplice Rupak Rai at around 9 p.m. on August 11, 2011, leaving him seriously injured.

On September 15 they were remanded in custody pending trial, as per the General Code Court Management section 118 (2).

Freedom Forum lauds the court verdict as an initiative to help check the growing impunity in the country.

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