Nepal Cricketer

Nepal Cricketer declared innocent of rape charges

Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, on Wednesday, was acquitted of rape charges in a case dating back to 2022 after he was accused of assault by an 18-year-old woman.

Lamicchane, who was convicted of rape by the Kathmandu District Court in January and sentenced to eight years in jail, was proven innocent in the Nepal High Court and freed of all the charges raised against him.

“The district court’s verdict has been overturned, Sandeep Lamichhane has been acquitted,” quoted the High Court’s deputy registrar and spokesperson, Bimal Parajuli, as saying.

“He had to be cleared and the high court has set him free. He was not guilty,” Sabita Bhadari Baral, a lawyer for the player told Reuters after the court verdict, details of which are yet to be released

The verdict means that Lamicchane, who wasn’t picked in the provisional squad named by Nepal for the T20 World Cup, might make the cut yet with the deadline from ICC for final squad submission being May 25.

After being sentenced to prison by the District Court earlier this year, and instructed to pay compensation to the alleged victim, the cricketer was granted bail of Rs 2 million, reversing the decision of the Kathmandu district court. The 23-year-old was also barred from leaving the country until the final verdict of the court in the case.