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Nepal ex-prime minister cleared of corruption charges

[JURIST] Nepal's anti-corruption panel has cleared ex-prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] and six former ministers of charges of misusing funds. According to a spokesman for the corruption commission, there was not enough evidence to find the accused guilty. Deuba and another former minister, Prakash Man Singh nontheless remain in jail for an additional corruption charge relating to a water project. Following his February takeover of the government of Nepal [JURIST news archive; BBC Q&A], Nepal's King Gyanendra [Wikipedia profile] set up the commission and provided it the power to investigate and arrest anyone on corruption charges, then to sentence those found guilty. Deuba and Singh argue the commission is unconstitutional and politically motivated and refuse to recognize it. BBC News has more.

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