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Nasser Shaikh: 'Today is a symbolic day'

Nasser (right) with his brother Khuram who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka in 2011 Credit: ITV Granada

Nasser Shaikh, the elder brother brother of Khuram, has released this statement from Colombo where four men have been jailed for his murder:

“Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time.

"Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.

"Whilst our family and friends find it difficult to come to terms with the tragic loss, I hope today can bring some comfort to everyone involved that we achieved the justice we set out for and the country can move forward in a better place for many, ensuring no other person suffers the same fate as my brother.

"I wish to thank everyone who embarked on my personal journey around the world and supported it immensely, which includes the Sri Lankan public.

"I would also like to thank the British Government who have been instrumental in seeking answers for our family, the Sri Lankan officials for progressing the trial towards its resolution, but more importantly to acknowledge the bravery and defiance shown by those who gave witness accounts in the case.

"Today is a symbolic moment: a day the country delivered justice – a day I delivered my promise to a brother.”

– Nasser Shaikh

Statement from British High Commission in Sri Lanka following Khuram Shaikh verdicts

“We welcome the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of Khuram Shaikh. We hope that this will begin some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice.

"The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them. We will continue to monitor any developments in the case closely.”

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Verdicts expected in the trial of murdered aid worker from Rochdale

Khuram Shaikh was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka in December 2011 Credit: ITV Granada

The verdicts of six men accused of killing an aid worker from Rochdale in Sri Lanka are expected today.

Khuram Shaikh died while on holiday in the beach resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day in 2011.

All six men deny the charges against them.

Khuram's brother Nasser, who has led a two and half year campaign for justice, will be at the High Court in Colombo to hear the verdicts.

WATCH: The Khuram Shaikh story in full from the beginning

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Brother of Khuram Shaikh tells Granada Reports he is 'scared' ahead of murder trial verdicts

Nasser (right) with his brother Khuram who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka in 2011 Credit: ITV Granada

The brother of Khuram Shaikh, the aid worker from Rochdale killed in Sri Lanka in 2011, has told Granada Reports he is 'scared' ahead of the verdicts into Khuram's alleged murder.

Nasser Shaikh has flown to Colombo where the trial of six men accused of killing the 32-year old is expected to conclude on Friday.

Khuram died while on holiday in the beach resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day 2011. All six men deny the charges against them.

Speaking to ITV Granada's Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt from Sri Lanka, Nasser admitted he is preparing for an emotional day in court:

"My tireless campaign has brought about an emotional journey this week knowing it's nearing the end.

At first I was scared of the truth about what happened to my brother and now I am scared about the result.

I am holding back the tears at the moment as I need to stay brave and resolute.

I hope the support, prayers and dedication shown by so many around the world brings the justice we all crave for."

– Nasser Shaikh speaking to Granada Reports
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Manchester Cycle Ride raises awareness for 'Justice for Khuram Shaikh' campaign

Nasser Shaikh and the rest of 'Team K' ride for 'Justice for Khuram' Credit: ITV Granada

Family and friends of a man from Rochdale killed in Sri Lanka have taken part in the Great Manchester Cycle, as they continue to seek justice for his murder.

Khuram Shaikh died in December 2011. Seven men are charged with his murder, but nearly three years no convictions have been brought.

Their murder trial began in March 2014 but there are fears it could collapse due to interference from the country's President. It follows years of speculation of a suspected cover-up by the Sri Lankan authorities.

On Sunday Nasser, Khuram's brother, joined the rest of 'Team K' in Manchester to take part in the 26 mile ride, completing it in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Team K at the Ethiad Stadium on Sunday Credit: ITV Granada

MP seeks Foreign Office help over aid worker murder trial

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk wants the UK government to apply pressure to the President of Sri Lanka not to interfere in the trial of Khuram Shaikh. The High Court there has already heard several months of evidence regarding the death of the aid worker from Rochdale.

Khuram Shaikh was killed while on holiday in the country in December 2011.

Now its emerged that the presiding judge has been put forward for promotion to the Appeal courts. If accepted, a new judge would be appointed and the defence could call for a complete retrial.

Six men, including a close friend of the Sri Lankan president, are accused of Khuram's murder. Labour MP Simon Danczuk suspects political interference could halt the trial. He wants the UK government to put pressure on the Sri Lankan authorities to make sure the trial continues.

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Fears that the Khuram Shaikh murder trial could collapse and start again

There are fears that the murder trial of a Rochdale aid worker killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka could collapse and start from scratch due to interference from the country's President.

The trial has been underway in Colombo for several weeks, but reports in the local press in Sri Lanka say the presiding High Court judge, Rohini Walgama, has been put forward for a promotion to the Appeal Courts.

If her promotion is accepted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a new judge will be appointed to the trial and the defence will have the option of asking all the evidence to be heard again from the beginning.

Six men are accused of murdering Khuram Shaikh, including Sampath Vidanapathirana, a town council leader and close associate of President Rajapaksa.

Mr Shaikh was killed while on holiday in the resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day 2011.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who has long suspected a political cover-up in the case, told Granada Reports he fears political intervention could once again deny the Shaikh family justice.

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Court in Sri Lanka hears how Khuram Shaikh died from 'fatal injury to the face'

Khuram Shaikh was an aid worker who'd worked in some of the most dangerous places on earth Credit: ITV News

The murder trial of a man from Rochdale killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka has heard how he died after being stabbed in the side of the face.

32-year old Khuram Shaikh was attacked at his hotel in December 2011.

The medical officer who peformed Mr Shaikh's autopsy told the High Court in Colombo that he died instantly after being stabbed near the nose, rupturing a vein and artery which blocked blood supply to the brain.

Dr Kithsiri Wijeweera also described how Khuram suffered 42 seperare injuries including gunshot wounds.

Six men are also accused of assaulting and shooting the 32-year old. They all deny murder and the trial continues.

Family 'shocked' as Sri Lankan court bails four men accused of Khuram Shaikh's murder

WATCH: Nasser Shaikh, brother of Khuram, talks to Granada Reports as he returns home from the start of his brother's murder trial in Sri Lanka.

The family of Khuram Shaikh, who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka, say they are shocked by the decision to bail four men accused of his murder - half way through their trial.

The 32-year old from Rochdale was on holiday on Christmas Day in 2011 when he was stabbed and shot at his hotel.

The trial into his murder, which has taken more than two years to come to court amid fears of a cover-up, began at the High Court in Colombo last month.

But the trial has since been adjourned for several weeks, and four of the six men accused have been released on bail.

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Politician accused of killing Rochdale man goes missing in Sri Lanka

Khuram Shaikh died on Christmas Day in 2011. Credit: ITV Granada

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Sri Lankan politician accused of killing a man from Rochdale.

Sampath Vidanapathiranage is charged, along with five men, of murdering aid worker Khuram Shaikh and sexually assaulting his Russian girlfriend while on holiday in the country in December 2011.

Sampath Vidanapathiranage outside court in Colomba in November Credit: Lankika

Vidanapathiranage, who has close ties with the Sri Lankan president, went missing on Thursday after failing to attend a court appearance ahead of the trial on March 26th.

Police are now hunting for the politician, who denies all the charges against him.

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