Nepal’s former crown prince Paras Shah is facing a Thai court on February 26, says Sunil Khadka, his close ally and saviour in Thailand. Shah was arrested last year for possessing 9.7 grams of marijuana and 5.8 grams of methamphetamine, enough to involve Shah in a hairy legal battle.
When Shah, once heir apparent to Nepal’s 240 year old throne, is taken to a Thai court from jail, he will not have any supporters to hail him on arrival. There will be no representative of the government of which he is a common citizen now. His foot soldiers are long gone too.
The special treatment that a former prince may be expected to receive is out of the question. He has not even been accorded the minimum consular assistance that a citizen expects from a state, Khadka said to southasia.com.au. All because he is a victim of the image of his past life – an image of a violent drug addict who is best left to himself.
The southasia.com.au has learnt that the Thai police are putting indirect pressure on Shah to accept the charges. “There is no way he is going to accept them,” Khadka said. According to the young entrepreneur and social activist who has drawn over 11 thousand followers on his Facebook page, “They have indicated that the charges against him will be downgraded if he admits to the crime but he cannot do that,” he said.
A telephone conversation with the Nepali Embassy in Thailand indicated that the Government of Nepal has chosen to remain distant from all things surrounding the beleaguered former royal. First secretary Dornath Aryal told southasia.com.au that the last time his office dealt with the matter was when Thai Police informed his office of Shah’s arrest.
Khadka, a long-time associate of Shah in Thailand, said things are not as they appear on the surface. “Would you believe if I told you that a former royal would sell few grams of marijuana for profit?” he questioned southasia.com.au when asked what he thought of the charges laid against Shah. “Do you think he needs that sort of money? We are talking about a former crown prince here,” Khadka stated.
According to the young entrepreneur, Shah receives no preferential treatment because of his status. He apparently eats the same food as his fellow inmates, sleeps on a basic bed like other inmates and follows the standard routines of a normal Thai jail.
Khadka said the greatest enemy of the former crown prince is his gullibility. “His biggest problem is he trusts everyone as soon as he is introduced,” he said.
He mentioned that his arrests are part of a grand design to humiliate and alienate the former prince so that people care less and less about him. This would pave the way for a situation in which the life of the ex-royal would be in grave danger, he warned.
He said if convicted Shah would face 3-5 years in jail.