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British MP to meet Hakeem over Tangalle murder

2013 Jul 26

British MP Simon Danczuk is scheduled to meet Minister of Justice Rauf Hakeem to raise concerns over alleged delays into legal proceedings regarding the murder of British citizen Khuram Shaikh in Tangalle.

Khuram Shaikh, who was a worker for the Red Cross, was holidaying when he was involved in a brawl following which he was shot dead and his partner brutally assaulted at a hotel in the beach resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day in 2011.

Rochdale’s MP Simon Danczuk will meet the Sri Lankan justice minister to raise concerns of a cover-up over the murder of an aid worker from Milnrow, Britain’s ITV reported today.

A British delegation which includes Mr. Danczuk is currently on a visit to Sri Lanka and would meet high ranking government officials.

“During the present visit, the delegation will meet Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Ministers G.L. Peiris, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Basil Rajapaksa while Mr. Danczuk will have a separate meeting with Minister Rauf Hakeem. The delegation will also meet the Leader of the Opposition, members of the Sri Lanka-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group and Secretary Defence” the External Affairs Ministry had said.

UK has continued to express its deep disappointment at the fact that trial proceedings have delayed even years after the incident while MP Simon Danczuk and family members of the victim allege a possible cover-up.

Eight men were arrested shortly after the death, including the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana. But the group were released on bail.

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