A Nepalese army officer has been charged in the UK with two counts of torture during his country’s civil war in 2005.

Colonel Kumar Lama faces a British trial under a law that allows prosecution of alleged war criminals.

The 46-year-old officer, currently seconded to the UN, was held at his East Sussex home by Metropolitan Police officers on Thursday.

Col Lama will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.

He is charged with intentionally “inflicting severe pain or suffering” as a public official on two separate individuals.

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