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* Sri Lanka police deploy special CID team to arrest politician charged with British tourist's murder
Sat, Jan 11, 2014, 02:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka police had deployed a special team of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to apprehend the main suspect of the murder of a British tourist in 2011.

Police media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said a special CID team has been deployed to arrest Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana after a Sri Lankan court Thursday issued an arrest warrant against him for failing to appear in court as stipulated in his bail conditions.

Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama issued the arrest warrant Thursday after the suspect who was on bail failed to a make a routine court appearance as required by the bail conditions.

Vidanapathirana and seven others are accused of murdering a 32-year-old British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh and sexually assaulting his girlfriend at a party in a hotel at Tangalle on the Christmas Eve 2011.

The Colombo High Court last Thursday issued an arrest warrant against him for not appearing in courts for the trial into the alleged murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh and harassment of the victimís Russian girl friend at a Tangalle holiday resort in December 2011.

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