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Brother of Briton killed in Sri Lanka: 'Symbolic moment'

Nasser Shaikh, whose brother Khuram was murdered in Sri Lanka in 2011, said he hoped the legacy of his brother would continue. Mr Shaikh said the sentencing of Khuram's murderers is "a symbolic moment."

The 32-year old Red Cross worker from Rochdale was murdered at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.

Killed Briton's brother: Today is 'a symbolic moment'

The family of Khuram Shaikh, the Briton murdered in Sri Lanka in 2011, said today's sentencing of Mr Shaikh's killers is "a symbolic moment."

"Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time," said the victim's elder brother Nasser Shaikh.

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.

– Nasser Shaikh, brother of Khuram Shaikh

The 32-year old Red Cross worker from Rochdale was murdered at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.


Sri Lankan politician jailed for killing a British tourist

A Sri Lankan court has sentenced a ruling party politician to 20 years in prison for killing a British tourist and raping his Russian girlfriend more than two years ago.

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

Three others were given the same sentence as Sampath Vidanapathirana by the High Court in Colombo.

It found them guilty of murdering Khuram Shaikh and raping his girlfriend at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.

Sri Lanka to deport British tourist over Buddha tattoo

Buddha statues in lotus positions seen in a temple in Sri Lanka. Credit: DPA

A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

Sri Lankan police said Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested at Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo, after she arrived from India.

A police spokesman said she was arrested for "hurting others' religious feelings" after the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower was spotted on her right arm.

Buddhism is the religion of the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese and Buddhist tattoos are seen as culturally insensitive.

After her arrest Coleman appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation.

The spokesman said she is currently being held at an immigration detention centre until deportation and said she would be removed "very soon - it could be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow".

Hales stars as England's cricketers stun Sri Lanka

Alex Hales became the first England player to score a Twenty20 century as the cricket team claimed a remarkable six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup.

Alex Hales won the match with a six in the final over. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown

The 25-year-old hit 116 from 64 balls as underdogs England fought back from 0-2 to chase down Sri Lanka's total of 189 with four balls to spare in Colombo.

The victory keeps alive England's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Cameron calls for UN probe into Sri Lanka 'atrocities'

Sri Lankan army commandos march during the War Victory Parade in Colombo. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

David Cameron is pushing for an independent, international investigation into alleged atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war to begin within a year as pressure mounts on the regime in Colombo.

The Prime Minister has personally sought the support of several fellow leaders for a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution authorising a UN-led probe.

As many as 40,000 civilians are estimated to have died in the final months of the Sri Lankan government's 26-year fight with Tamil Tiger separatists - which ended in 2009.

Both sides in the brutal conflict are accused of widespread human rights abuses - including executions and rapes of prisoners by state troops.


PM claims Miliband 'barely gets out of Islington'

David Cameron has defended his trip to Sri Lanka and accused Ed Miliband of lacking foreign affairs knowledge by saying the Labour leader "barely gets out of Islington."

David Cameron delivers a statement to the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister was delivering a statement to the House of Commons when he said: "In 2009, sometime after the war [in Sri Lanka] had happened, the last government agreed the conference should take place in 2013 in Sri Lanka.

"If he [Miliband] knows anything about foreign affairs, and I doubt it because he barely gets out of Islington, he'd know this is a consensus organisation - once something has been agreed it is very difficult to unblock it."

David Cameron delivers Sri Lankan president ultimatum

David Cameron gave the Sri Lankan President an ultimatum today - launch an independent inquiry into the country's alleged human rights abuses or he would take it to the United Nations.

However, the Prime Minister's comments were dismissed by Mahinda Rajapaksa who said Sri Lanka had "nothing to hide".

This week ITV News has been in Sri Lanka for the Summit of Commonwealth nations but today our team were denied direct access to question the president of the country.

PM 'committed' to keeping up pressure on Sri Lanka

David Cameron said he was "committed" to keeping up the pressure on Sri Lanka over his calls for a new "credible, transparent and independent" war crimes investigation by March.

Speaking in Dubai after meeting the Red Arrows at an airshow, the Prime Minister said: "These issues are not solved by one visit, this is not a flash in the pan, it's a dialogue, a conversation, pressure that we need to keep-up over the longer term and I'm committed to doing that."

Prince Charles dances to the hokey cokey in Sri Lanka

The Prince of Wales has been known to show off his dancing skills while away on official tours and in Sri Lanka he got another opportunity - doing the hokey cokey.

Charles clearly enjoyed his performance as he joined a group of mentally and physically disabled children taking part in a music lesson.

The impromptu dancing came on the last day of Charles and Camilla's 11-day tour of India and Sri Lanka.

Standing between a teacher and a girl Charles took their hands and walked into the middle of the room with the class singing "oh the hokey cokey" then performed all the actions.

The prince gamely joined in for a number of verses of the song but when a pianist continued playing he laughed and bowed out.

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