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Retrial decision due on Nepal army colonel accused of torture

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Image caption Lt Col Kumar Lama was being tried at the Old Bailey

A decision will be made in September on whether a British-based Nepalese army colonel should face another retrial on a torture charge.

Lt Col Kumar Lama, 49, who now lives in St Leonards, East Sussex, has denied inflicting severe pain on a man in 2005.

A jury at the Old Bailey failed to reach a verdict after 26 hours' deliberations.

Col Lama remains on bail pending a ruling next month on a further retrial.

He is accused, as a public official or person acting in an official capacity at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks in Nepal, of intentionally inflicting severe pain or suffering on Janak Bahadur Raut in the performance or purported performance of his official duties.

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