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Body of tourist killed in Sri Lanka flown to UK

01-05-2012 14:06 BJT

COLOMBO, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The body of a British tourist who was killed while he was on holiday in Sri Lanka, was flown back to Britain, the British High Commission (embassy) in Colombo said Thursday.

The High Commission said in a statement that the brother of the victim accompanied the body back home on Wednesday after meeting Sri Lankan police officials to discuss the progress of investigation into the killing.

Khuram Zaman Shaikh, a British national, was killed following an attack at a hotel in the southern resort of Tangalle on Christmas day.

Shaikh was accompanied by a Russian national, Victoria Rustkacheva, who was seriously injured in a subsequent attack.

Shaikh was a prosthetics rehabilitation manager working in the Gaza Strip for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Nasir Shaikh travelled this week to oversee the repatriation of his brother's body and to seek information directly from the Sri Lankan authorities about the circumstances of the incident.

Nasir Shaikh met the director of the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigations Department to hear about the progress in bringing those responsible for his brother's murder to justice.

The director gave his personal assurance to Shaikh that everything was being done to bring about a successful prosecution of those responsible, the British High Commission said.

"From the assurances I have received I am confident that the Sri Lankan authorities have what they need to bring those responsible for the brutal murder of my brother to justice," Nasir Shaikh was quoted as saying by the High Commission.

The Sri Lankan government had also condemned the incident and promised a full inquiry and a politician from Tangalle was arrested after he was suspected to have been involved in the shooting.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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