The British government has raised concerns over the failure by the Sri Lankan authorities to commence trial proceedings into the murder of British citizen Khuram Shaikh.
A statement by the British High Commission in Colombo said that it is now 18 months since the murder of Shaikh, and assault on his partner Victoria, while they were on holiday in Tangalle.
The British High Commission said it is deeply disappointed that trial proceedings have not yet commenced and continues to call for the perpetrators of this terrible crime to be brought to justice.
As well as being important for Shaikh’s family, the High Commission said that justice being done will bring some assurance and peace of mind for other British tourists who visit Sri Lanka each year.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa had told the BBC recently that “there has to be a trial” to make sure the people who murdered the British national are brought to justice.
Pressed on the involvement of local politician Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathiran, who was one of the suspects out on bail, Rajapaksa said he was “shocked to learn that one of my colleagues had got involved in such a thing”.
The government had in March said that the Attorney General (AG) is to forward a direct indictment to the High Court, without a non summary inquiry, relating to the death of Khuram Shaikh.
It said that a special prosecutor has been nominated by the Attorney General to conduct the prosecution under the guidance of the Addl. Solicitor General who heads the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department. (Colombo Gazette)