Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and three others were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for killing British National Khuram Shaikh and raping his girl friend by Colombo High Court.
Six suspects including the Pradeshiya Sabha chairman were charged over the incident, however two of them were acquitted when the verdict was delivered by Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama this morning.
All six accused had been on trial for murdering British national and International Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh at a hotel in Tangalle on Christmas Eve in 2011. The men had also been charged with assaulting and raping Shaikh's Russian girlfriend Victoria Alexandrona.
Meanwhile, Britain today welcomed the verdicts and sentences handed down to the suspects.
“We hope that this will bring some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice,” British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
“The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them”, the statement said.