FROM ISSUE #239 (18 MARCH 2005 - 24 MARCH 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Royal Nepal Army has admitted that Maina Sunwar of Kharelthok, Kabhre, was wrongly killed in detention. Last year, 15-year-old Maina Sunuwar (see \'Maina's story', #222) disappeared after security forces took her away from her house accusing her of being a Maoist. Suspecting extrajudicial killing, human rights activists started a campaign demanding her whereabouts. Eight months later, her parents found out that she had been killed. With Nepal being spotlighted at the UN human rights conference in Geneva this month, the army finally issued a statement on Monday saying: "The Court of Inquiry has begun investigating Maina's death. The incident was found to be a mistake." It added the security personnel involved in the incident would be court martialled and strict action taken against them.