Nepal high court orders anti-graft committee to explain ex-PM's incarceration

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [official website] ordered Sunday that the Royal Commission for Corruption Control, under the control of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], explain the detention of former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] within seven days. Deuba and cabinet colleague Prakash Man Singh were convicted on charges of corruption [JURIST report] in July concerning a government water contract and were sentenced to two years in prison and fined $1.26 million. Lawyers for the men have appealed to the Supreme Court arguing the commission violates the Nepalese constitution [text] and that the convictions should be thrown out. The court is expected to rule on the matter next week. AFP has more.

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