Sri Lankan politician gets 20 years for killing British tourist, raping his Russian partner

Published: July 18, 2014


Picture 1 of 6

Sri Lanka ruling party politician Sampath Vidanapathirana (C) is escorted from the High Court following sentencing for the 2011 Christmas day killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh, in Colombo on July 18, 2014. Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan court sentenced a ruling party politician to 20 years in prison with hard labour on Friday for killing a British tourist and raping his Russian girlfriend more than two years ago.

Three others were given the same sentence as Sampath Vidanapathirana by a High Court. It found them guilty of murdering Khuram Shaikh, a Red Cross aid worker, and raping his girlfriend at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day in 2011.

The case attracted international attention amid allegations that Vidanapathirana was enjoying immunity because of his connections to the family of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The case was discussed in Britain’s Parliament, and British politicians and the victim’s family visited Sri Lanka to personally demand justice.

Amid increasing scrutiny and pressure over Sri Lanka’s human rights record, charges were filed against Vidanapathirana and five other suspects. The court discharged two of them on Friday.

“Today is a symbolic moment; a day the country delivered justice, a day I delivered my promise to a brother,” Shaikh’s brother Nasir, said in a statement.

The British Embassy in Colombo welcomed the judgment saying it hoped it will bring a closure to Shaikh’s family and friends who faced “a long and difficult fight for justice.”

10:12ET 18-07-14

[+]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

monkey main

VIDEO: Monkey saves dying friend at Indian railway station

VANCOUVER DESI A small monkey in India has become an overnight hero after it saved the life of another monkey that was electrocuted at a…
Continue Reading »

bus stop

Father charged after toddler struck in face and abandoned at Surrey bus stop ‘like he was a piece of garbage’

NICK EAGLAND VANCOUVER DESI Police are crediting kind Surrey strangers for rescuing and attempting to identify a three-year-old boy who was struck in the face…
Continue Reading »

narendra modi

Indian opposition lawmakers demand Modi clarify stand on conversion of minorities to Hinduism

NIRMALA GEORGE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

bus stop

Father charged after toddler struck in face and abandoned at Surrey bus stop ‘like he was a piece of garbage’

NICK EAGLAND VANCOUVER DESI Police are crediting kind Surrey strangers for rescuing and attempting to identify a three-year-old boy who was struck in the face…
Continue Reading »

Social justice found online voice in 2014: Experts say

By Michelle McQuigge THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Celebrity watchers and armchair coaches may have produced the most social media chatter over the past 12…
Continue Reading »

tausif

Ottawa police make arrests in drug and robbery related killing of international student

SHAAMINI YOGARETNAM OTTAWA CITIZEN Ottawa police have arrested two men in what is now believed to be the drug-and-robbery-related pathway slaying of 23-year-old Carleton University…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Avoiding relapse, inviting happiness over the Holiday Season

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for individuals in recovery from addictive behaviours. Holiday parties and celebrations with…
Continue Reading »

Vagina Monologues

Sex workers from India’s largest red light area seek American feminist Eve Ensler’s help

IANS Kolkata – American activist and playwright Eve Ensler Friday met sex workers in Kolkata’s Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red light areas, who sought…
Continue Reading »

Miss World

Bikini round removed from Miss World pageant

IANS London – The Miss World contest, which has been an annual feature since 1951, will no longer feature a swimsuit round in their competition,…
Continue Reading »

sexi desi babes

Gallery: Wait for India’s Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over

VANCOUVER DESI The Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over. An Indian lifestyle channel will air the grand finale of the reality…
Continue Reading »

Taliban attack

Pakistani student who skipped school on the day of Taliban rampage ‘isn’t talking to anyone’

VANCOUVER DESI A 15-year-old student of Pakistan’s Army Public School  – which was bombed by the Taliban this week, killing 141 people, of which 132…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

sunny

Indo Canadian porn star Sunny Leone to ring in the New Year in Hyderabad

  VANCOUVER DESI Indo Canadian porn star turned Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone will be ringing in the New Year in Hyderabad, according to the Deccan…
Continue Reading »

BOLLYWOOD

Aamir Khan’s PK sparks Twitter battle

IANS New Delhi  – Aamir Khan’s latest release PK has spurred a trending Twitter battle with audiences either hailing the film as the best of…
Continue Reading »

desi sex

Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year now a click away for international fans

IANS New Delhi  – After making a mark with the worldwide theatrical release, Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year will now be available for international…
Continue Reading »