Sampath Chandrapushpa, who is accused of murdering a tourist last year, has been reinstated by the ruling party into his post as chairman of Tangalle’s Pradeshiya Sabha.
Chandrapushpa is in remand custody over last year’s Christmas Eve murder of Khuram Zama Shaikh, a British national from Manchester, in The Nature resort, Tangalle. Shaikh's girlfriend, Russian national Victoria Alexandrovna was also allegedly raped in the incident.
Colombo Page reports that Chandrapushpa was told in writing on July 29th by the UPFA that his position as Chairman and full party membership had been restored.
The re-instatement reflects a growing culture of impunity among ruling party politicians in Sri Lanka.