• SRI LANKA JAILS KILLERS OF BRITISH TOURIST

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    COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices were on Friday sentenced to 20 years in jail for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner. The Colombo High Court said town council chief Sampath Vidanapathirana was guilty of killing 32-year-old Khuram Shaikh, an International Red Cross aid worker, who had tried to stop a brawl at a southern beach resort on December 24, 2011. After 33 days of hearing evidence, judge Rohini Walgama told a packed court house that Vidanapathirana, a member of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Freedom Alliance, and three others were guilty of all the charges. Two others were discharged. All six of them were indicted in December after repeated allegations that there was an unnecessary delay in bringing the case to court, leading to suspicions they were being shielded by their political connections. Shaikh was holidaying in Sri Lanka during a break from his job in the Palestinian territory of Gaza where he was fitting prosthetic limbs.

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