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The Attorney General is to dispatch indictments on Thursday on six people including the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana who stands accused in the killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh and causing grievous bodily harm on his girlfriend.

A special prosecutor is also to be appointed by the Attorney General to prosecute in the case.

A direct indictment is a special procedure used in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Attorney General. It results in the case being directly sent for trial devoid of the preliminary inquiries.

Out of the eight accused, two are to be discharged because of the non-availability of evidence against them.

The case which caught worldwide media and diplomatic attention is to be heard in the Colombo High Court after a transfer was sought by the Attorney General because of the fact that one of the accused is a provincial politician.

Eight persons were remanded as suspects in the killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh Zaman on Christmas Eve in 2011. They are also charged with causing grievous injury to his Russian partner, Victoria Alexandravona.

Attorney General Palitha Fernando PC speaking to the Daily Mirror said the department would take all efforts to ensure justice was meted out.

“We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring justice and a special prosecutor will be appointed to prosecute this case” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
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  • Alistiar Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:12 AM

    My way by Frank Sinatra

    Upul Gunawardena Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:26 PM

    It looks like suddenly the law in srilanka has woken up from a deep sleep.

    Kiri Banda Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:34 PM

    Why not about Ekniligoda, Lasantha W and so many others

    FOX THE BRAINY Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:13 AM

    CHOGM speaks... lol

    Voter Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:37 AM

    Positive results of CHOGM.

    Mohana Prabath Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:14 PM

    Lovely Sri Lanka.

    MrKasthuri Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:42 AM

    AG waits for the pressure mounts from abroad. Is this country's litigation system runs on out side pressure?

    Citizen Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:09 AM

    It took Prince Charles to galvanise the Sri Lankan courts! Shame, shame, shame....

    Cobra Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:56 AM

    Eye wash for the benefit of CHOGM in general and Prince Charles in particular!!!

    Sagara Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:11 AM

    British Prime Minister Please talk about Rathupaswala Please

    Ballo Wednesday, 16 October 2013 01:58 AM

    so many like this in SL

    Junken Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:01 AM

    Wow Yes Come learn law from srilanka

    chams Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:12 AM

    Till end of CHOGM?

    Charlie Wednesday, 16 October 2013 02:22 AM

    This is to whitewash commonwealth to show to UK Prince Charles

    Perera Thursday, 17 October 2013 03:40 AM

    All stations in action until the end of the CHOGM!!!!

    Hafsal Wednesday, 16 October 2013 06:57 AM

    You know what will happen

    SHAME Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:29 PM

    READING THE ABOVER COMMENTS. EVERYONE HATES THIS GOVERNMENT . how did they come to power. COMPUTER JILMART I FORGOT

    Lanka Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:27 AM

    You are correct. It can make wonders now.

    Ben Hurling Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:32 AM

    Absolutely. This is not justice. An CHOGM eyewash from Banana Republic.

    CP Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:20 AM

    I would propose more CHOGMs in future as well to maintain "Law and order" in the country

    OMG Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:32 AM

    Most of Sri Lankans dont even know what an "indictment" really is!!

    dalu banda Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:03 AM

    any PP on the card?

    Reader Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:07 PM

    Thank you UK.

    old citizen Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:39 AM

    Noose will be there as long as CHOGM expire

    Prof Hemantha Wickra Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:40 AM

    What will happen after CHOGM and Prince of Wales leaves?

    Southerner Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:21 PM

    Wish Bharatha Luxman also a Britisher.

    Asanka Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:48 AM

    People in SL, can u blame the international community? the pressure needs to be on president to act..

    What a sad situation...

    Navi P came there were action & now Prince Charles is coming and GOV is taking action..

    I think we should give PR to Charles and Navi P so that there will be law and order in this country..

    Saman Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:30 PM

    @ OMG
    So what's your point?

    Game Kolla Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:55 AM

    Prince Charles on his way!!!!!.......

    hari Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:54 AM

    They should be sent for life and nothing less. Barbarians. Or shame for Sri Lanka and all Sri Lankans.

    hari Wednesday, 16 October 2013 04:57 AM

    They should be sent for life. Nothing less. Barbarians.
    Or Sri Lanka and as Sri Lankans we will all have that scar for ever.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:05 AM

    At least due to international pressure, this dead man gets some justice, hopefully, of which the same cannot be said for the LIVING in our own country.


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