The convicts in the murder of British national Khuram Shaikh have withdrawn the appeals filed by them against the verdict and will serve the 20 year sentence.
Former Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha, Sampath Vidanapathirana is among the convicts who had filed the appeal over the murder of Khuram Shaikh and the rape of his Russian partner in 2011.
The appeal was taken up for hearing today but the convicts sought to withdraw the appeal through their lawyer.
The Court of Appeal granted permission to withdraw the appeals and ordered to impose the sentences on the convicts from the day the Colombo High Court issued the verdict.
However a fourth defendant had not withdrawn his appeal, and his appeal is due to be called on July 24.
The Colombo High Court had imposed 20-year rigorous imprisonment on five convicts for the murder of British national Khuram Shaikh and the rape of his Russian partner.
Khuram Shaikh Zaman, 32, was killed and his companion, Victoria Alexandrovna of Russia was assaulted and gang raped in a brawl during a party at a tourist hotel in Rekawa, Tangalle on Christmas Eve in 2011. (Colombo Gazette)