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Sudan scam: Mysterious facts

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Published on Nov 30, 2012

This program -- concerning the biggest-ever corruption scandal, popularly known as the Sudan Scam, that defamed Nepal internationally and tarnished the institutional image of Nepal Police. The State Affairs Committee (SAC) and the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had concluded that around Rs. 290 million was embezzled in the procurement process. The anti-graft body had on June 7, 2011 filed corruption cases against 34 police officers and two suppliers on charges of embezzling some Rs. 290 million. Millions of rupees were embezzled while purchasing Armored Personnel Carries (APC) for the Nepali Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, Darfur. The Special Court convicted three former police chiefs—Om Bikram Rana, Hem Bahadur Gurung and Ramesh Chand Thakuri—and two suppliers, Michael Rider, Director of the London-based Assured Risks and his local agent Shambhu Bharati. The court, however, acquitted 31 other police officers. The court set a fine of Rs. 170 million on former IGP Rana, Rs. 64.8 million on ex-IGP Gurung and Rs. 48.54 million on Thakuri. The court sentenced all the three IGPs and Bharati to two years in jail. The court also slapped a fine of Rs. 142 million on Bharati, who is also the director of Bhagwati Traders, to compensate losses incurred by the government and a similar amount for supplying sub-standard logistics to Nepal Police. Nepal Police Headquarters had commissioned Assured Risks to supply eight APCs and other logistics worth Rs. 445 million for the Sudan mission. A program based on field-reporting in Dafur, Sudan by Pramod Sedhain.

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