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Wednesday 28 December 2011

Britain confident SL govt. will bring perpetrators to justice ‪

Britain confident SL govt. will bring perpetrators to justice ‪
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 17:51
The British High Commission in Colombo expressed confidence that the Sri
Lankan authorities will bring to book those responsible for the murder
of a British national in Tangalle on Sunday.

"This is a very serious incident which we are extremely concerned
about," Acting British High Commissioner Robbie Bulloch told the Daily

"We have been in close touch with the Ministry of External Affairs in
this regard and they have assured us of a swift and thorough
investigation into the incident. It is important that the Sri Lankan
government does all it can to bring the perpetrators of this crime to
justice and we are confident that the perpetrators will be held to
account," he said.

"We have informed the family in the UK about the incident and are
providing consular assistance. We look forward to swift judicial
proceedings so that justice will prevail," Bulloch said.

When asked whether the killing would have an adverse impact on British
tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka, Bulloch replied in the negative.. But at
the same time it is important that the government takes prompt action on
this matter so that tourists will feel re-assured about their safety
and security in Sri Lanka," he said.

Asked whether the British High Commission was keeping a tab on the
condition of the murder victim's Russian girlfriend who was also
seriously injured in the attack Bulloch said, "We are very interested in
her recovery and progress but consular responsibility lies with the
Russian Embassy as she is a Russian national," he explained.

Kuram Shaikah Zaman, a 27-year-old Briton of Israeli descent, died
after being shot and stabbed at a tourist resort in Tangalle following
an argument in the early hours of Sunday. (Ayesha Zuhair)
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