Khur­ram Sheikh mur­der: Court of Ap­peal to hear two pe­ti­tions

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Court of Ap­peal has de­cided to hear two pe­ti­tions against the High Court rul­ing on the 2011 Christ­mas Day mur­der of Bri­tish na­tional Khur­ram Sheikh.

The pe­ti­tions -- one filed by the At­tor­ney Gen­eral on the ba­sis that the sen­tence was not com­men­su­rate with the crime, and the other filed by the con­victs claim­ing that the High

Court judge had not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the flaws in the tes­ti­mony of state wit­nesses -- will be taken up on

March 19 next year.

In his ap­peal, the AG calls for death or life sen­tence for the con­victs. In 2014, the High Court im­posed a 20- year sen­tence on one time Tan­galle Pradeshiya Sabha Chair­man Sam­path Vida ran a path iran a, who was close to the then govern­ment lead­ers, and three oth­ers for killing Mr. Sheikh, a Bri­tish na­tional of Pales­tinian ori­gin, and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his Rus­sian girl­friend at a Tan­galle re­sort.

Deputy So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Thusith Mu­dalige sup­ported the pe­ti­tion on be­half of the AG, while Kalinga Ind at issa,PCwi th At­tor­neys Dar­shana Ku­ruppu and Man­jula Makum­bura ap­peared for the ac­cused pe­ti­tion­ers.

Khur­ram Sheikh

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