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* British Minister seriously concerned at the shooting of Sri Lanka journalist
Sun, Feb 17, 2013, 12:17 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 16, London: Britain's Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has expressed shock and serious concern at the shooting of Sunday Leader journalist in Sri Lanka.

Issuing a statement Burt urged the government to "do everything possible" to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly, who is a dual citizen of Britain and Sri Lanka, was shot by three unidentified gunmen Friday night while he was talking on the phone at his residence in Mount Lavinia.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. Our consular staff have visited him in hospital today, and we're ready to provide further assistance if needed," the Foreign Minister said.

Burt, who recently visited Sri Lanka, expressed doubt whether the incident is related to his work but urged the authorities to quickly identify the culprits.

"It remains unclear whether this horrific incident was connected to the victim's work as a journalist. The Sri Lankan authorities must quickly identify who committed this crime and bring them to justice."

He reminded that there has been a range of attacks in Sri Lanka on journalists, civil society organizations and others in recent years and to date, too many incidents have had little investigation and no resolution.

"The UK and EU have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to do everything possible to investigate such incidences and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice," the Foreign Minister said.



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