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Investigation into British man stabbed in Sri Lanka continues

Filed under: Medical Repatriation — Posted by: Mark on February 9, 2012

Sri Lankan authorities are continuing their investigations into the fatal stabbing of a British man from Manchester, who was holidaying with his female friend on the Asian island.

The incident occurred when, on the morning of December 25th, Khuram Zaman Shaikh and his friend were attacked leaving a hotel in Tangalle in the south of the country. The cause of death was a deep wound from a stab that penetrated vital organs, whilst there were also other cuts and a firearm wound to his head.

His friend Victoria Rustkacheva, was also injured seriously in the assault, though reports that she was raped were not confirmed.

Mr Shaikh, 32, worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a prosthetics rehabilitation manager. At the time he was based in the Gaza Strip, though he had provided his vital services in many areas of the world.

Mr Shaikh’s brother, Nasir Shaikh, travelled to Sri Lanka to accompany his body on its repatriation to the UK on 4 January. The funeral, which was attended by close friends, colleagues and family took place a couple of days later.

In January, thirteen of fourteen witnesses all positively identified five suspects, one thought to be a leading politician in Tangalle. However, despite this early progress, no prosecutions have yet been made.

The Acting British High Commissioner Robbie Bulloch, who met with the Director of the CID in January along with Nasir Shaikh, continues to monitor progress and is likely to push for more work to be done towards a quick resolution.

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