Serial killer The Serpent, Charles Sobhraj, is set to be released from prison in Nepal despite links to 20 murders

A French serial killer portrayed on hit series The Serpent is set to be released from prison despite links to 20 murders.

Charles Sobhraj has been ordered to return to France within 15 days after spending 19 years behind bars for the 1975 murder of two tourists in Kathmandu.

Serial killer Charles Sobhraj is released from prison

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Serial killer Charles Sobhraj is released from prisonPhoto credit: AFP
He served 19 years for the murders of two tourists

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He served 19 years for the murders of two touristsPhoto credit: Reuters
The Frenchman was portrayed in the hit series The Serpent

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The Frenchman was portrayed in the hit series The SerpentCredit: Alamy

Sobhraj is linked to the deaths of up to 24 other people, mostly backpackers, between the 1970s and 1980s.

He claims to have killed at least 20 young westerners traveling through Asia by drugging them to eat or drink.

But his 2004 conviction in the deaths of an American woman, Connie Jo Bronzich, and her Canadian backpacker boyfriend, Laurent Carriere, was the first time he had been found guilty in court.

The killer’s release was approved after his lawyers asked Nepal’s Supreme Court for a concession.

They argued that he should be released because of his age and good character.

In Nepal, where life sentences are 20 years, provision is made for those who serve 75% of their sentences and display good behavior.

The verdict read: “Keeping him in prison continuously is not in line with the human rights of the prisoner.

“Unless there are other pending cases against him to keep him in prison, this court orders his release to date and his return to his country within 15 days,”

He could be back on the road as early as Thursday.

Though Sobhraj’s crimes reached a deadly climax in the 1970s, it was just the tip of an iceberg as he robbed, cheated, drugged and seduced in his desperate search for danger around the world.

He once admitted, “When it gets hot, I go to the kitchen.”

But whenever things reached boiling point, Sobhraj strayed so far from the authorities that he was branded as The Serpent, a nickname used as the title for the BBC1 TV show chronicling his worst offences.

The drama follows the real killer and his reign of terror as he killed countless travelers in Thailand, Nepal and India in the 1970s, drugging them and often stealing their identities.

Tahar Rahim plays the role of Sobhraj, while Billy Howle plays Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg, who eventually helped get him in jail.

Marie-Andrée Leclerc, the tragic Franco-Canadian whom he brainwashed into helping him, is portrayed by Jenna Coleman, who has described her character as “deluded.”

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