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, including Khruam's Russian girlfriend Victoria Aleksandrovna who was sexually attacked on the night of his death.
A trial date has been set for 6 men charged in connection with the death of a Red Cross worker. Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Milnrow, Rochdale was shot and stabbed while on holiday. The trial will take place on 2nd December
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.
The Prime Minister David Cameron says he will put pressure on the Sri Lankan president over the unsolved murder of an aid worker from Rochdale.
Khuram Shaikh was stabbed and shot while on holiday in the country on Christmas Day, 2011.
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His girlfriend was later brutally gang-raped. Eight men were quickly arrested, including a close friend of the Sri Lankan president, but no trial date has been set and little progress has been made.
Responding to a question by Simon Danczuk MP in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said he'll raise the Rochdale MP's fears of a cover-up when he meets within the head of the Sri Lankan government next month.
The girlfriend of a red cross worker from Rochdale who was murdered while on holiday in Sri Lanka has spoken for the first time about their ordeal. Khuram Shaikh who was 32, was killed at his hotel on Christmas Day in 2011.
His girlfriend Victoria Tkacheva has waived her right to anonymity as she described how she was beaten and raped by the same group of men. The pair, who met in 2009 were holidaying at the Nature resort in Tangalle, when a group of men arrived at a hotel party on Christmas Eve.
Khuram was later found dead, and Ms Tkacheva found naked in a hotel room having been raped. Ms Tkacheva says she fears justice will never be done. One of eight suspects who was arrested but later released is a local politician whose family have close ties to the Sri Lankan president.