Thinley Namgay 

The Supreme Court (SC) on March 31 upheld the High Court’s (HC) judgment and sentenced Khandu Wangmo to nine years in prison for her involvement in mutiny.    She was convicted of all the eight charges against her.

The concurrent sentence of nine years in prison was for abetting mutiny, criminal misappropriation of property, larceny by deception, illegal possession of a firearm, and impersonation of uniformed personnel.

She was also convicted of unauthorised utilisation of resources, illegal procurement of official documents, and harassment. The offences are graded misdemeanour and were given six months prison term for each offence.

Prosecutor from the Office of the Attorney General said Khandu Wangmo has to serve a total sentencing of 30 years, which includes the 21 years prison term for the sedition case.

SC stated that the courts had thoroughly investigated all the eight charges for mutiny and found her guilty.

Khandu Wangmo appealed to the SC on January 3 this year for the mutiny case, stating that she wasn’t guilty. However, the SC dismissed her claims and upheld the HC’s bench III judgment.

After completing the sentence for mutiny, she had to serve the sedition sentence.