Gunmen Kill Nepalese Supreme Court Justice

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Nepal say unknown gunmen have shot dead a Supreme Court justice who was under investigation for corruption.

Authorities said Rana Bahadur Bam was in a car on the way to his office Thursday in Katmandu when gunmen shot both him and his bodyguard.

Bam was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Nepal's Judiciary Council has been investigating allegations that Bam took bribes from criminals in exchange for lighter sentences.

His killing comes days after the country's parliament missed a deadline to craft a new constitution.

The Constituent Assembly began working in 2008 after the abolition of Nepal's centuries-old Hindu monarchy. But after

having extended its tenure four times, the Supreme Court rejected any further extensions.

Elections are scheduled for November 22 to choose a new assembly.