UK to push for justice in Sri Lanka murder


uk-Khuram-Shaikh-008-300x180-300x225British Member of Parliament for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, is set to visit Sri Lanka this week to press for justice for his constituent, Khuram Shaikh, who was murdered while on holiday in Tangalle, Sri Lanka in 2011, the British High Commission in Colombo said.

He will be accompanied by Khuram’s brother, Nasir Shaikh, who has been campaigning for Khuram’s killers to be brought to justice.

Both of them are to meet with the Government to share their concerns at a lack of progress with the investigation.

Khuram, who had just spent months fitting prosthetic limbs in Gaza, was spending Christmas and the new year in Sri Lanka when, early on Christmas morning in 2011, he became involved in an altercation at his hotel in Tangalle.

Eight men, who are said to have been armed and drunk – and to include a prominent local politician with ties to the government – are accused of attacking him. Stabbed and shot, Khuram died while a female colleague who was with him was assaulted and left badly injured.

The Guardian newspaper had reported last year that despite assurances from the Sri Lankan government that those responsible for his murder would “be severely dealt with even if a ruling-party politician is involved”, no charges have been brought.

The Foreign Office, which has been keeping the Shaikhs informed of developments on the island, is also urging action. It said in a statement last year that “The UK cannot interfere in Sri Lanka’s legal system, but we hope that a trial occurs without any undue delay to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.”

The family’s MP, Simon Danczuk, fears “political interference” may be responsible for the lack of progress, and wants David Cameron to consider boycotting the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka this year.


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