Sampath to go behind bars for 20 years: Britain welcomes the verdict


Britain today welcomed the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh.

“We hope that this will bring some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice,” British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.

“The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them. We will continue to monitor any developments in the case closely,” the statement said.


“Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time. Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.

While our family and friends find it difficult to come to terms with the tragic loss,  I hope today can bring some comfort to everyone involved that we achieved the justice we set out for and the country can move forward in a better place for many, ensuring no other person suffers the same fate as my brother.

I wish to thank everyone who embarked on my personal journey around the world and supported it immensely, which includes the Sri Lankan public. I would also like to thank the British Government who have been instrumental in seeking answers for our family, the Sri Lankan officials for progressing the trial towards its resolution, but more importantly to acknowledge the bravery and defiance shown by those who gave witness accounts in the case. Today is a symbolic moment: a day the country delivered justice – a day I delivered my promise to a brother.”


Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Sampath Vidanapathirana was found guilty of the murder of British National Khurram Sheikh and was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment.

The verdict was issued by Colombo High Court judge Rohini Walgama.

Charges were filed against 6 individuals in connection to the murder of British national Khurram Sheikh and the gang rape of his Russian girlfriend in Tangalle in December 2011.