Summoned to Kathmandu, envoy Sherpa submits clarification over trafficking charge

Nepal’s Ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa. Photo: Oceania Nepali Sports Meet/Facebook

Kathmandu, December 10

The government of Nepal has summoned its ambassador to Australia, Lucky Sherpa, to Kathmandu after she was accused of human trafficking by one of her former staffers.

Few days back, Wonchhu Sherpa, who was deployed as a driver for the ambassador in Canberra, had told a television programme in Nepal that not only the ambassador but some other members of her family were also involved in illegal activities that could be deemed human trafficking.

He said they collected money from foreign job aspirants assuring lucrative jobs, but did not meet the promise.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formed a three member team to investigate into the charge.

The team had asked Sherpa to submit a written clarification over the issue.

Sources at the Ministry say the ambassador has already submitted her response to the Ministry’s call on Sunday. Details of her response, however, have not divulged.

“She was here at the Ministry yesterday,” the Ministry’s cospokesperson Ram Babu Dhakal says, “She met the Secretary and other administrative staff and told them her views. I do not know what they talked about.”

Dhakal says the investigation team is collecting the details, assuring Sherpa will face action if found guilty.

“The charge is yet to be verified,” he says, “If it is proved, we will follow the law.”

Published on December 10th, Monday, 2018 11:20 AM

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