South Asia and Beyond

Stage Set For Bhutan Conspiracy Trial

How does one describe a case where three persons, all high ranking Bhutanese, are accused of conspiring against their respective superiors with the aim of having them removed and securing those positions for themselves? In India this could be dismissed as politics but in tiny Bhutan it’s a conspiracy where the three persons have been detained and will go on trial this week.

The three are Kuenlay Tshering, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court, associate justice Yeshey Dorji and Brig. Thinley Tobgye, commandant of the Royal Bhutan Bodyguard. There’s a fourth person, a woman who incidentally worked in the Bhutan embassy in Delhi until 2016 when she went home. She is reported to be the former wife of Yeshey Dorji.

They have been charged with “abetting mutiny, favouritism and nepotism, misappropriation of RBG funds and fictitious documents to secure loans.” More will be revealed as the trial opens.