Dec 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken all necessary steps to repatriate the body of the British tourist who was killed in a hotel in Tangalle recently, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.
The remains of Khuram Shaikh Zaman, 32, a British tourist from Manchester is now placed at Barney Raymond Funeral Directors ready to be flown to the tourist’s home country.
The Minister said the family of the deceased has been contacted and the Ministry is expecting the response of the family to deliver the remains to the family.
He further stated that a respectful burial will be offered to the tourist at government’s cost unless the family accepts the body.
Slain British Red Cross aid worker in Gaza, reportedly intervened in a brawl between two rival gangs during a Christmas Eve party in Tangalle in Southern Sri Lanka.
Zaman died on Christmas Eve after he and his colleague, 23-year old Russian national Victoria Alexandrovna were attacked by the gang allegedly led by a ruling party politician.
The police arrested the main suspect Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, 24, the chairman of Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha and three others.
Minister Abeywardena said he and Sri Lanka’s envoy to Moscow who is currently in Colombo had met the Russian national who is receiving treatment in the hospital.
All expenses of the Russian female tourist, a friend of the deceased who was injured in the incident is borne by the government, the Minister further stated. He added the woman had not complained of being sexually assaulted though there was a media report to that effect.
Government has offered to fly her family or a friend to stay with her, the Minister said.