Video: Tangalle killing: British MP to complain to Queen

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British MP Simon Danczuk, who arrived in Sri Lanka to seek justice for his constituent Khuram Shaikh, said today he would take this matter up with the Queen and urge her to boycott the Commonwealth Summit in November.

“I have already brought the issue in the British Parliament. I will inform the Queen and also the British Foreign Ministry as well,” he said.

Mr. Danczuk said he was disappointed at how this matter had been handled and the fact that senior Sri Lankan ministers had refused to meet him.

The slain Khuram Shaikh’s brother Nasir Shaikh had earlier pledged to continue the campaign until justice was meted out to his Brother.

He also stressed that Sri Lanka was bound to advocate Commonwealth values by upholding the rule of law. “Membership of the Commonwealth brings a responsibility to uphold certain values and a shared ethos of respect for all states and people. Guaranteeing access to justice and an independent judiciary to uphold the rule of law is an absolutely critical cornerstone upon which the strength and future of the Commonwealth lies,,” he said.

"With Sri Lanka playing host to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this year, this case is a great opportunity for the Government to show the world that they share Commonwealth values of adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights,” he said.

Meanwhile the victim’s brother Nasir Shaikh expressed disappointment over the slow progress in the case and said it was not sensible for a Commonwealth country to turn a blind eye on such tragedies.

 “I came here to seek justice for my brother. 15 months had elapsed since the unfortunate incident took place and we are shocked over the lack of progress in the case”, he said.

Remembering his lost brother Mr. Shaikh said his brother who worked for the International Red Cross had a real zest for life and lived to help others.  “This wasn’t his first visit to Sri Lanka. He had visited here once before. I remember his initial description of the country. He said it was a beautiful place and wanted to explore the real country that Sri Lanka was,” he said.  

 “I came here today trusting the Sri Lanka government to do the right thing and send out the right message. We need to assure that justice prevails. And I assure everybody that we will not rest until justice prevails,” he said.

The British MP also expressed concern over the political interference in the case as one of the main suspects was a local council politician in the ruling government.

“The case is moving slowly not because the country’s justice system is slow but there is political patronage in this case,” he said.

“There is concern that that one of the suspect is alleged to be close to the President of the country and there is some concern about political interference in the case which is quite disturbing,” the British politician complained. (Susitha R. Fernando and Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  • rumi Friday, 08 March 2013 02:33 PM

    who is majesty king who even cannot take against culprit.

    ANTON Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:29 AM

    Yeah, we licked boots of Europeans for more than 500 years.

    jjacoob Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:15 AM

    let triple bless all

    Kondebandapucheena Friday, 08 March 2013 02:44 PM

    Before 1948 Yes not any more ,but Sri Lankan Judiciary must punish culprits

    Met Friday, 08 March 2013 11:10 PM

    Sadly I agree with you. It's time for the world to boycot the event to make the govt responsible for their actions.

    armrizwan Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:15 AM

    Mr. Simon Lankawe ohoma tamai I donno why? because of our kala kanni government and MPs.

    Manuelpillai Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:28 AM

    There's no Law and Order in this land.Nobody is safe except those who toe the line with those in power.It talks volumes of the murders and crimes not yet accounted for.Anarchy prevails today!

    Renuka Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:44 AM

    QUEEN........I'm afraid whether she will send the British army and make SL another colony!!!!!! Those Tamils (LTTE supporters) like this. See the comments of some of them who are really (mentally) defeated by SL and their happiness!!!!!.

    Rishi Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:45 AM

    UK Guys please get involve with this MP....i learned he is going to be a big shot in the next conservative party election

    Dayan Friday, 08 March 2013 02:57 PM

    One hand begging for FOREIGN LOANS, first by state and then via state enterprises and other hand talking abount RICH HISTORY OF PROUD NATION.

    Well done for 2013 millionth tourist arrivals

    Nodrog Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:01 AM

    Maybe we should complain to the queen about the numerous Lankans killed in the UK by gangs and other criminals? Where is the justice for those victims??

    Faris, Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:36 AM

    That how the law is written in SL

    sunil vijaya Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:18 AM

    we don't want mad cow in sri lanka and this defunct commonwealth. GROBR.

    No Drog Friday, 08 March 2013 12:41 PM

    thank you sir thank you

    raviraj Friday, 08 March 2013 03:01 PM

    ask him to send a post card to the new CJ

    Antharjala Veeraya Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:38 AM

    Better cancel the commonwealth meeting. It will only bring traffic blocks to our roads.

    muckgona Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:57 AM

    Idiot, its about the law and due process and that applies to to any murder be the victim Sri Lankan or Foreign. Tell the MP he should be more concerned over British support in the destruction of yet another country and the loss of thousands of lives

    Lewis Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    another ltte trick to tarnish sl image. . via DM Android App

    Nadi Friday, 08 March 2013 12:46 PM

    Another boost for Lankan tourism.

    Don Udawatte Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:08 AM

    Mahinda, you will have to face realities sooner or later. You will be dealt with justice soon.

    jehan Friday, 08 March 2013 12:47 PM

    aney yako

    Raj Friday, 08 March 2013 03:09 PM

    For your information the last king who ruled sri lanka is about 500 years ago. Sinnan, you are still 500 years behind.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:15 AM

    In a country where even the Chief Justice has to face the thugs in the government who denied her human rights and threw her out, what is the use of talking about justice and rule of law. It is only the jungle law which prevails now. If this MP can convince those in UK to cancel the CHOGM to be held in Sri Lanka, then they will be doing us a great favour as we will be able to save some money for the country.

    malkanthi Friday, 08 March 2013 12:49 PM

    Ali madiwata harak! We are getting fixed!

    TERRENCE Saturday, 09 March 2013 01:55 AM

    Why complaint to H.M. the Queen why not take it before the House of Commons or the House of Lords that's where the politicians sit.

    ss Friday, 08 March 2013 12:52 PM

    Good. No one can progress without rule of law.

    reviewcric Sunday, 10 March 2013 09:34 AM

    That's the same ignorance which helps keep thugs in power and this country's progress stagnating! well done! some more kiribath and firecrackers for you sir!

    ruvin Friday, 08 March 2013 03:36 PM

    ooops....little boy wants to run and complain to mama.

    please go ahead. we are not overly worried about the old Mama anymore.

    godofwar Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:27 AM

    It is hard to press on war crimes with evidence which effected 1000s. So what do you think it would be for this single life lost. Even the Queens men wont be able to put humpty dumpty in a cell.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 09 March 2013 11:09 AM

    A typical comment from someone still with a colonial mentality.

    Wimal says Friday, 08 March 2013 12:59 PM

    HA HA

    Who cares.

    We are a nation with pride and rich history no body can do any thing to us.

    reviewcric Sunday, 10 March 2013 09:37 AM

    Conservative? Hes a labour MP! Know your facts!

    MIC Friday, 08 March 2013 03:43 PM

    We Sri Lankans seems to have lost our heads after winning the war. We will soon come down from cloud 9.....and that too very hard. So brace yourselves.....

    sinnan Friday, 08 March 2013 01:06 PM

    we don,t mind, Whether you complain to anyone until our Majesty king is there.

    Ism Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:20 AM

    Life s short

    Lobo Saturday, 09 March 2013 11:18 AM

    Like a coolie grovelling before the white-man....and for what?

    Anti-fraud Saturday, 09 March 2013 11:18 AM

    You are right. However, remember that an added bonus will be that we will have a whole fleet of Rolls Royces for distribution among a family that shall remain nameless!

    agent Friday, 08 March 2013 04:01 PM

    You should care cos you live in this country.. if tomorrow one of your family members is killed by one of this goondas same fate will come to you. Jungle no law at all.

    AJ Saturday, 09 March 2013 11:26 AM

    SEND A POST CARD TO chief justice

    Silva de Mervin Friday, 08 March 2013 01:19 PM

    Watch out for white van and safe exits SL.

    Amare Friday, 08 March 2013 04:07 PM

    Yes. Send more Rizanas to Saudi Arabia for Maha Raja to bring down Mercedes Benz and Lamborginis.

    Eagle Eyes Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:39 AM

    This is the way Law is practiced in "Sri Lanka.

    Lucy Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:36 AM

    Niyas has saw dust in his brain.Does he read what RW says in Parliament and what he writes to the papers about current state of lawlessness in the country and the mismanagement by the Govt. How can anybody with an ounce of brain matter think that this is the way to strengthen MR?

    Chams Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:26 AM

    SL: Bull in china town!

    Mason Friday, 08 March 2013 01:29 PM

    Pity, none in the international community applaud our actions !!!
    The country has lost all respect by it's arrogant attitude.

    Jhonny Friday, 08 March 2013 04:17 PM

    Maha gon haraka....Get ready to eat Punnakku......(coconut dust) and thanakola (Grass)

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 08 March 2013 01:29 PM

    "Our Majesty King" decides on how and to whom justice will be meted out. He can teach the World our kind of Justice.

    Queen_UK Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:44 AM

    Sorry I am not feeling too well there days. Why don's you tell the King over there ? I will tell him when I see him in September.

    Binara Saturday, 09 March 2013 08:46 AM

    So he will win the next election with a large majority again...

    Labby Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:50 AM

    "Urge her to boycott". So this means they are still divided on the issue of participating ??

    Anti-fraud Friday, 08 March 2013 01:35 PM

    Wimal says:
    That you and your brethren take pride in this kind of conduct says it all about the Sri Lankans of the Miracle of Asia!

    Herath Friday, 08 March 2013 01:36 PM

    Dr Mervin please take care of this guy

    kaputakukula Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:57 AM

    Our journey is already progressing towards "down the pallanm"

    Rishi Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:02 PM

    why a pariah from a pariah state worry that?

    dilip Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:57 AM

    we feel sorry for brother of Sharikh... thats the law in sri lanka.. we understand how u feel to lose u r brother .. sorry thats the law in sri lanka...if u r like to political family . they will protect u from any murder... there r so many example of this nature in sri lanka recntly..WE APOLOGISE And we Are ASHAMED

    Thomas Friday, 08 March 2013 01:40 PM

    Everything going against in Geneva & with head of the Commonwealth. See stars now

    Sareek Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:09 AM

    We have a king in kelaniya.

    gahah Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    haha rich history. stopping living in the past via DM Android App

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 08 March 2013 04:40 PM

    Unleash the dog from Kelaniya.

    bing kunda Friday, 08 March 2013 04:44 PM

    ha ha the puppet queen! What power does she have even over her country?

    bushel Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:01 AM


    bushel Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:04 AM

    Have you all forgotten Rizana ?

    bushel Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:04 AM

    Quite sensible

    you Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:16 AM

    Are you from Angode

    raj Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:14 AM

    And we have the right kill British citizen, right?

    Thomas Saturday, 09 March 2013 06:18 AM

    Good boost for Geneva accusations

    padma Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:12 AM

    Yes…. Dear British MP Mr. Simon Danczuk Please try to do the best for boycott the commonwealth summit. it will be waste our tax pray money ultimately. Its has to bear poor sri lankan

    Niyas Friday, 08 March 2013 05:18 PM

    Thank you for doing opposition's duty since RW is busy with strengthening MR's hands

    SH Saturday, 09 March 2013 03:21 AM

    They think they can be here on private visits and force SL government to do things as they want. Still under the assumption its the Colonial Era. They should know that. there s a legal procedure that requires a non summery proceedings followed by an indictment in High Court depending on available evidence. That's the law they forced on us. Now they want. short cuts and do wt they think right. Lol.

    Rajitha De soyza Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:44 AM

    Where is our bunch of Budu Bala Sean

    They can conduct the commonwealth according to SL tradition

    fox Friday, 08 March 2013 05:28 PM

    So now world can understand the plight of locals in SL....

    you Friday, 08 March 2013 05:29 PM

    Why do your people visit here?

    Pol Pot Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:45 AM

    C J How right you are. The present Governmaet of Goons, is makig us Hide our Heads in Shame!

    Em Friday, 08 March 2013 02:11 PM

    In your dreams coward

    JJ Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:01 AM

    There is a party called Bodu Bala sena now who claim to be doing the right thing & protecting the country.. why not approach them & see?? some classy guys there

    human Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    If you wants to meet minsters . There is a protocol dear and via British HC also, pls dont try any cheap political tactics like 3rd class corrupt politician. And to the brother of the victim Pls find a correct way to the solution.

    saran Friday, 08 March 2013 02:13 PM

    very good , since the culprit is close the MR family , govt is unable to do anything ,it tried to cover up , it is not going to work

    Burul Friday, 08 March 2013 02:14 PM

    This idiot has come down to Sri Lanka to take political advantage of that death.
    The Queen will not listen to him.

    ricardo de f Friday, 08 March 2013 05:51 PM

    which one??? the queen of hearts/spades/diamonds/clubs OR the former ''BEAUTY QUEEN''? ( probably the one that matters most)....

    knowthegame Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:57 AM

    Yeah, thanx for doing the job. We spent on your trip to break the stimulus. That done, we'll follow-up with the others too!

    S. Kumarihami Friday, 08 March 2013 02:25 PM

    you are an ostrich bury its head in sand like your mejesty king. Mervin Silva also boast he is from kings. All of you suite well with each other.
    This means, no CW in Sri Lanka. I am so glad.

    edward Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:24 AM

    Now MR has to take a decision if he want to save the country or his politician ..

    Cha Friday, 08 March 2013 02:28 PM

    First learn proper English, then talk some sense. We were a nation of Proud people, but now we are far from that ...

    Miss Alert Sunday, 10 March 2013 12:53 AM

    yea, Now this country is the wonder of Asia with Fairest Justice!!

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