DNA links Sri Lankan politician to scene of Rochdale aid worker’s murder
Published: 16 Oct 2013
DNA evidence has linked a Sri Lankan politician to the scene of the murder of Milnrow Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh, it has been claimed.
The 32-year-old was shot and stabbed while on holiday in the Sri Lanka tourist town Tangalle on Christmas Day 2011.
Eight people were subsequently arrested, but later released on bail without charge, with all the men denying any involvement.
But according to reports in The Sunday Times, sources close to the investigation have said the DNA of Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, the leader of the council in Tangalle and the DNA of two other men was found at three locations at the crime scene.
The newspaper adds that Sampath was among the eight men arrested.
Sri Lanka's authorities are understood to be considering the evidence before bringing charges. And it has also been revealed that Prince Charles has taken a private interest in the case and has offered to help in the effort to win justice for Khuram.
It comes a week after Prime Minister David Cameron said he would challenge Sri Lanka's President over Khuram's death.
Responding to a question in Parliament from Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk David Cameron said he 'would not hold back' from taking Sri Lanka to task over their failure to bring those responsible for the murder on Christmas day in 2011.
Mr Cameron is due in Sri Lanka next month to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit.
Responding to a question from Mr Danczuk that Britain should think twice about going to the conference in Sri Lanka in protest at the country's human rights record,
Mr Cameron said attending was the best way to put pressure on the authorities to convict Khuram's killers.
Despite repeated assurances from Sri Lanka that they are working to convict Khuram's killers, no one has been jailed, and no court case has been scheduled.
Mr Danczuk has said he fears the Sri Lankans are trying to shelve the case as one of those suspected of killing Khuram is a key ally of the country's President.