Video: I’m not ready to forgive initial delays; Nasser Sheikh

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Murdered British Red Cross Worker Khuram’s brother Nasser Shaikh today said he was not ready to forgive the initial delays involved with the prosecution of his brother’s murder, that took close to two and a half years before a trial date was set for the case.

Speaking to a few journalists at a hotel in Colombo, Nasser said, “I am not ready to forgive the initial delays just because of today’s verdict; because only I am aware of the effort and the dedication I had to put in and the adverse issues I had to face. This was a journey I was thrown into – one that I don’t wish on anyone else.”

He said he was reasonably satisfied with the verdict given on his brother’s murder and the rape of his late brother’s girlfriend Victoria although he was not able to obtain all the answers.

Speaking of Victoria who was present at the trial today but has not spoken to media, Nasser said more than anyone else it was she who faces the biggest challenge of rebuilding her life after the tragic incident.

“Even I have not grieved properly. When I was asked today on what my next move would be I said I wish to cry. I did not get the chance to grieve my brother before the responsibility of leading the campaign to seek justice for his murder but hopefully today’s events will allow that,” he said.

When questioned on whether the end of trial would give him closure Nasser said, “It’s probably never going to happen – it will not happen overnight just because a verdict has been given. But just that one piece of the puzzle is present.”

Nasser said the worry of whether those sentenced would be released prematurely would always be at the back of his mind. “That happens in many cases around the world- pardons are granted for good behaviour etc. But the severity of this case is so huge – not just the murder element but the multiple charges that they were found guilty of.  So I would be shocked or very surprised should the sentence be minimized at some point,” he added.

Speaking further he said it was up to the present government to ensure that it doesn’t happen and guarantee the integrity within the government and the judicial system continues.

Answering a question posed on what their next course of action would be against the impending appeal on part of those sentenced today, Nasser said although the next course of action was not decided  one thing was certain – that they would continue to challenge the appeals. (Lakna Paranamanna)

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  Comments - 16

  • mnsmart Saturday, 19 July 2014 04:17 AM

    probably he will be the next chief ministerial candidate at the next southern election, wait & see

    ranmal Saturday, 19 July 2014 04:34 AM

    well said

    Bassa Monday, 21 July 2014 08:59 AM

    Despite the judge verdict he will never serve the sentence. As soon as Nasser leaves SL all the accused will be out and back into office.

    Mathan Saturday, 19 July 2014 03:01 PM

    You are no different from others. Why do you take the court of rule on your hand!

    Sri Wickrema Saturday, 19 July 2014 03:08 PM

    Hey,top tiger murderers are given asylum in Sri Lanka,too. You
    have no idea, haven't you ?

    Minister Saturday, 19 July 2014 03:20 PM

    Now he has acquired the highest qualification to enter Parliament.

    Shirani Kolombage Saturday, 19 July 2014 06:04 AM

    Murder and Rape, Best Qualification to enter the parliament of Sri Lanka. A true Miracle of Asia

    Don Don Saturday, 19 July 2014 04:20 PM

    What are you talking about here? Do you have a piece of brain in between two of your ears?

    Ammaa Friday, 18 July 2014 11:58 PM

    Hay, wait and see the tecnical points of srilanka, problem here is hell is over taking the paradise, defenetly we will get a good leader and keep the hell under his foot,, then then see the paradise of the world, so stay two months and go UVA. Good dream

    James Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:15 AM

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I wished he would have received life imprisonment and that you should have been compensated for your trouble and expenses as well. Its the least that they could do after this ordeal. If I see this man on the street I won't hesitate to pelt rocks at him and hope that he dies from it. People like this makes me sick and ashamed to be called a Sri Lankan.

    True Lankan Saturday, 19 July 2014 06:16 AM

    Next Independence Day the accused will be pardoned long live justice in SL via DM Android App

    Mutu Saturday, 19 July 2014 01:09 AM

    Mr Nasser Sheikh, you still do not know Sri Lankan politicians and their voters. These very same criminals might be pardoned and come back and engage in politics in the near future. "THIS IS THE THIRD WORLD" !!!!

    Lal Saturday, 19 July 2014 01:12 AM

    Shame!

    johan Saturday, 19 July 2014 02:11 AM

    This is a good example for the politicians who practice
    thuggery after they are elected by the people to serve them

    Devapriya mendis Saturday, 19 July 2014 03:00 AM

    Ask him to go to hell. Sri Lanka is still waiting for justice against tiger murders given asylum in UK for decades, why is foreign tiger suicide women leader Adele Balasingham is still protected in UK bcoz politicians there are hard up for tiger diaspora votes & blood money for their campaigns

    ibadun Monday, 21 July 2014 06:23 AM

    we are land of no justice
    remember the guy will be out just 13years or just after 1 year
    in Sri Lanka somebody can give pardon who is not a party to the case (miracle of Asia)


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