In a stunning interview from his cell in Nepal, Charles Sobhraj says he wants Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to fund a movie.
Frenchman Sobhraj, 76, is serving a 20-year sentence for a double murder but is suspected of having killed more than 20.
Yet in a series of calls from the rat infested central prison in Kathmandu, he still maintains that he is innocent and even complains that he was denied seven million euros in compensation for “illegal imprisonment”. .
He told the Sunday Mirror: “I am absolutely innocent in these cases. I am released in three to four weeks. If you wish, you can come and do an interview and then come back with me on the same flight.
“I will be fully released. We can make an arrangement, but you have to do two favors for me.
“Richard Branson and Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos. She has two secretaries. If you can find me the number for a secretary in DC and also for Richard. I was in contact with Richard Branson a few months ago.
“I want to offer a cinema contract. My book is going to be published in about a month. We can have a meeting and an interview and whatever you want. When I am released, we will fly home. ”
Its explosions come in the wake of the transatlantic success of the BBC series The Serpent, which cataloged its trade in twisted gemstones – and its murders.
It left a trail of bodies across Southeast Asia, targeting backpackers in the 1970s and 1980s.
More than 31 million Britons watched the drama in which the killer is played by French actor Tahar Rahim and his French-Canadian lover, Marie-Andrée, is played by British actress Jenna Coleman of renowned Doctor Who.
Sobhraj told us he also wanted to discuss the flogging of his life story rights to Mackenzie, 50, who pledged to give half of his £ 50 billion wealth after he divorced the boss of ‘Amazon Bezos.
Still, there is no indication that she or Branson want to be involved with the demon.
Offering to give a revealing interview, he bafflingly asks Branson, 70, to immediately send a “seasoned lawyer” to discuss the terms of his movie deal.
He also claims he will be released in two weeks after a Supreme Court ruling – although the truth is he will likely remain locked up until 2024.
Sobhraj said his trial in Nepal in 2004 was illegal and ignores the findings of a report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
He said, “Look, look, about the guilt, I’m innocent. On July 27, 2010, 12 members of the HRC rendered a judgment in which they declared that my two cases in Nepal were illegal. I am not guilty.
“Moreover, after the 12 members of the HRC declared themselves on the trial, they should release me within 90 days, but they did not do so. And then we asked for compensation of seven million euros in Nepal. I am absolutely innocent in these cases. . ”
In fact, the human rights agency said it had neither acquitted him nor asked for his release.
He said, however, that there had been “specific concerns regarding the conduct of his trial and his conditions of detention”. Sobhraj, who has access to newspapers and international television channels in prison, has been linked to as many as two dozen murders in Nepal, India, Malaysia and Thailand.
His first prison sentence was for burglary in Paris in 1963. Upon his release, he flirted with Parisian high society while amassing wealth through burglaries, car thefts and scams.
He eventually had to flee and fled for years using stolen passports.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he used his knowledge of gems and backpacker routes to lure unsuspecting Westerners into his circle.
Those who resisted his lucrative scams were poisoned. Some victims found only in swimsuits were declared victims of the “Bikini Killer”.
Over time, Slippery Sobhraj became known as the Serpent.
He killed American hiker Connie Jo Boronzich, 29, and Canadian tourist Laurent Carrière, 26, in Nepal in 1975. He would evade justice in Thailand for almost 30 years.
But the Indian authorities nailed him in 1976. Along with Leclerc, he was trapped in Delhi and jailed for the attempted robbery of a group of French students.
Leclerc was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was allowed to return home to Canada, where she died in 1984, aged 38.
Sobhraj, meanwhile, remained in prison in India. But he was still on a 20-year arrest warrant in Thailand, where he faced the death penalty for the 1975 murders.
In 1986, two years before his release in India, Sobhraj threw a party for the guards, drugged them and escaped.
He was arrested and, as he hoped, his sentence was extended by a decade. The Thai arrest warrant therefore expired while he was still inside – and he was never extradited for murder.
In 1997, the then 52-year-old Sobhraj set off again and returned to Paris for a comfortable life, enjoying his infamy – and even posing with a newspaper headline about his release.
There has been talk of a Hollywood biopic and reports that he charged “fans” $ 5,000 to have lunch with him.
Then, inexplicably, he flew to Nepal.
What prompted Sobhraj to return to the scene of his crime in 2004 has always remained a mystery. Some claim he was fueled by arrogance and his constant need for attention.
But the liar says he worked as an arms dealer for the Taliban in Pakistan and passed information to the US Central Intelligence Agency.
Sobhraj said, “At the time, I was doing something with the Americans in Pakistan for the CIA.”