Canadian expelled from Nepal

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Robert Penner, a Canadian software developer who lives in Nepal and writes about Nepali issues was arrested from his office in the town of Lalitpur on Monday.

Home Ministry official Yadav Koirala said Penner “was not abiding by our laws and was investigated for suspicious activities.” Koirala said he was released from his cell and told to leave the country in two days.

He was charged with “posting a provocative message on Twitter aimed at spreading social discord,” Nepalese immigration officials said. Penner has for sometime been posting critical tweets about the Nepalese constitution and how it discriminated against women and the members of the Madhesi community of the plains and who have ties with neighbouring India.

“Nepal police came to my office. They’re taking me to Jawalakhel,” Penner, who says he is the main scientist at a digital outsourcing company called Cloud Factory, tweeted. “I repeatedly asked Nepal Police to tell me under what charges they’re taking me, but they won’t say,” he tweeted, before posting an update that he was being held overnight.

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He has also been active on Facebook, and wrote about the arrest of Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit for alleged corruption. Penner argued that the arrest by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, should be minimal while the investigation continues.

The head of Nepal’s Immigration Department Kedar Neupane said Penner had violated the terms of his visa. Visitors to Nepal cannot become involved in the country’s political activities nor act against the country or the government, he said. – CINEWS

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