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23 July 2013 03:32 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Responding to remarks made by House of Commons MP Simon Danczuk to the media on the ongoing investigations into the killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh, the Ministry of External Affairs said the comments were totally inappropriate.

The Ministry said the government was committed to punish the perpetrators of the crime.

In a media release, the Ministry said the MP’s comments to the media about an unscheduled meeting with the President were uncalled for.

“For any visiting delegate below the level of a Head of State or Government, a meeting with the President would be a privilege, as it would not be in keeping with accepted diplomatic protocol and is unthinkable in Western countries. Hence talking to the media about the issues that he will raise with the Head of State even before such a meeting is scheduled is totally inappropriate,” the Ministry said.

Responding to the British MP’s allegations of a cover up, the Ministry said the comments were prejudicial since the countries criminal justice system was in progress.

“The British MP talks of “concerns of a cover-up” with regard to the murder, which is a prejudgment of a case that is still pending in Courts. The Government has condemned the murder of Khuram Shaikh and stated its commitment to punish the perpetrators and the process is underway. In such a context the statement by Mr. Danczuk is pure speculation. During a previous visit of the MP with the brother of Khuram Shaikh, he met the CID, which is leading the investigation as well as the Justice Ministry Secretary,”

The Ministry said the British delegation which includes Mr. Danczuk would not meet the President and instead would meet high ranking government officials.

“During the present visit, the delegation will meet Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and Ministers G.L. Peiris, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Basil Rajapaksa while Mr. Danczuk will have a separate meeting with Minister Rauf Hakeem. The delegation will also meet the Leader of the Opposition, members of the Sri Lanka-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group and Secretary Defence” the Ministry said. (HF)

  Comments - 12

  • Saranga Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:46 PM

    I think it's fair call since nothing happened so far!

    lankan Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:23 PM

    It easy to blame the visiting politicians, this gives an excuse for the President to hide from them and refuse to meet them.

    curious Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:32 PM

    It is about time to solve the case and punish the culprits.

    Observer Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:31 PM

    It seems like everything that Sri Lankan people and it's Gov. do are appropriate, but when questioned and remark about their actions it turns out inappropriate! Typical!!

    Sam Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:22 PM

    How many Sri Lankan were killed in UK by gangs. Were they investigated properly ? Go and clean your back yard.

    lal Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:32 PM

    If this british MP is concernrd for justice, he should tell Obama off for letting the murderer of young Trevon Martin go free. That was aq clear case of murder of a youngster in cold blood. Yes, they took the case to court quickly but where is justice?

    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:36 PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

    Ceylonese Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:44 PM

    Even though there is no law and order in the country foreigners should be treated with due respect where law and order is concerned. Otherwise Sri Lanka's image will be severely tarnished.

    kris Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:48 PM

    Why he think he is from UK and all other country should bow him , big mistake, first he should go and query about his leaders dealing in Iraq, afganistan are fair or not, SL is one incident but Iraq and Afganistan are thousand of people

    Manisha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:00 AM

    Even with the pressure from the UK if the Judiciary is so lethargic
    against crime what could be the fate of ordinary people...

    nillu Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:38 AM

    Dont shoot in the dark, bring one incident to forward and pove it

    R.R Rohan. Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:08 AM

    yes we need to get this jungle law sorted out,

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