Six charged over Rochdale aid worker death

Six men have been charged with the murder of a Rochdale man who was shot and stabbed on holiday in Sri Lanka two years ago.

Foreign Office will continue to make representations 'at high level'

In a statement the Foreign Office said: ''Indictments have been finalised and sent to the court. Suspects will, according to the authorities, soon be summoned to the court at which point indictments will be served and proceedings will begin. ''

''The British Government regularly impress upon the Sri Lankan authorities the importance we and the family of Khuram Shaikh attach to swiftly bringing those responsible to justice. They are in no doubt as to the seriousness with which we view these terrible events, and have assured us of the same. As the crime was committed in Sri Lanka, the authorities in that country are responsible for investigating. We cannot interfere in their investigations, but we will continue to make representations at a high level on this appalling case including by myself and by our High Commissioner in Colombo.

– FCO spokesperson

'Mixed emotions' for family of Khuram Shaikh as six men are charged with murder

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

Nasser Shaikh has told Granada Reports he has mixed emotions after six men were charged in Sri Lanka for his brother's murder.

Khuram Shaikh from Rochdale was killed while on holiday there in 2011.

Nasser says he hopes this will be the first real breakthrough after two years of waiting for justice.

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Six charged over Rochdale aid worker death

Khuram Shaikh

Six men have been charged with the murder of a Rochdale man who was shot and stabbed on holiday in Sri Lanka two years ago.

Khuram Shaikh was attacked on Christmas Day in 2011. His girlfriend was beaten and raped.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has accused the Sri Lankan authorities of a cover-up because of alleged links between one of the defendants and a local politician.