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Nepal palace massacre to be re-investigated

By Shirish B Pradhan in Kathmandu
June 12, 2008 21:18 IST
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Nepal's Maoists on Thursday said their new government will go for a fresh probe into the 2001 palace massacre and also investigate whether deposed king Gyanendra had any foreign bank account, a day after he quit the palace.

"After the formation of the Maoist-led government a probe commission will be formed to investigate into the palace massacre as the Nepalese people want an independent body to enquire about the incident," CPN-Maoist deputy leader Baburam Bhattarai said.

The entire family of former King Birendra was killed in mysterious circumstances in the massacre after which Gyanendra became the monarch.

"The former king said in his statement on Wednesday that he had no role in the massacre and if it was true, the probe commission will help him clear the accusation," the Maoist second-in-command told media persons on Thursday.

The controversial report submitted by the official probe commission has held crown prince Dipendra responsible for the massacre on June 1, 2001, though its credibility has been questioned by many.

Bhattarai also said the new government will probe whether the deposed king has any foreign bank account.

Gyanendra has rejected the allegation that he has deposited money in foreign bank account while addressing a press conference before leaving the palace on Wednesday.

The former rebel said the CPN-Maoist has welcomed the former king's statement issued on Wednesday in which he has expressed the willingness to serve the country and work for national unity and welfare of the people.

Bhattarai rejected the allegation that the Maoists have any attachment with their weapons but claimed it was because of their arms that Gyanendra was forced to vacate the Narayanhiti palace so soon.

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Shirish B Pradhan in Kathmandu
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