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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.

Six men accused of murdering a Rochdale aid worker go on trial

Khuram Shaikh Credit: PA

Six men accused of murdering a man from Greater Manchester in Sri Lanka will go on trial today. Khuram Shaikh, a Red Cross worker from Rochdale, was killed on Christmas Day 2011 whilst on holiday.

Mr Shaikh, 32, had been working in Gaza fitting prosthetic limbs, but was on holiday in the resort of Tangalle when he was shot and stabbed.


Brother wants justice for his brother shot dead in Sri Lanka

The brother of a Red Cross worker from Rochdale who was murdered in Sri Lanka says he wants justice in the courts.

Khuram Shaikh was allegedly shot trying to stop a gang of men from attacking a woman in a bar on Christmas Day in 2011. She was later raped.

Six men go on trial tomorrow charged with his murder and her rape in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Politician accused of killing Rochdale man goes missing in Sri Lanka

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
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.

Trial of six men accused of killing Rochdale man in Sri Lanka adjourned until March 2014

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
Khuram Shaikh was killed on Christmas Day 2011 Credit: ITV News

The trial in Sri Lanka of a local politician accused of murdering an aid worker from Sri Lanka has been adjourned until March 2014.

Sampath Chandra Pushpa and five others are charged with the murder of Khruam Shaikh at a hotel in Tangelle on Christmas Day 2011.

The men have once again been granted bail by the Colombo High Court based on the bail granted by the Tangalle Magistrate’s Court earlier.

The judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe issued notice 11 witnesses to appear in court on March 26th when the case is due to begin.


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.

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.

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