Oct 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Attorney General Palitha Fernando has said that he has decided to appoint a special prosecutor to lead the prosecution in the murder trial of a British national.
The Attorney General has said that since the case has received wide publicity internationally as well as locally, it was categorized as a special case and a senior officer will be appointed to lead the case full time. The measure was taken to expedite the trial, he told the BBC.
Seven people were indicted before the Colombo High Court Thursday for the murder of the British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, and the assault on his Russian girlfriend.
Khuram Shaikh Zaman, 32, was killed and his companion, Victoria Alexandrovna of Russia was assaulted in a brawl during a party at a tourist hotel in Rekawa, Tangalle on Christmas Eve in 2011.
The main suspect, ruling party Chairman of Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana and six others, who were arrested and remanded following the murder, were released on bail in November last year.
The Sri Lankan government has been criticized for its slow progress on the high profile case and law enforcement authorities in Sri Lanka are accused of stalling the justice due to the involvement of a ruling party politician in the murder.
British High Commissioner in Colombo, John Rankin said that the UK Government was not happy with the progress of the case and expressed hope for progress on the case and for the trial proceedings to start as soon as possible.