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Nasser Shaikh: 'Today is a symbolic day'

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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

by Daniel Hewitt
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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

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

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
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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

Manchester Cycle Ride raises awareness for 'Justice for Khuram Shaikh' campaign

by Daniel Hewitt
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

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

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

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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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.

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