More inquiries delayed for October 12
- The Magistrate ordered the skipper to appear prior to the High Court when he is discovered to do so
- Not to leave the country without approval of the Courts.
By T. Farook Thajudeen Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihal the other day informed Deputy Lawyer General (DSG) Dileepa Pieris that the Magistrate Court has no jurisdiction to detain the skipper of MT New Diamond Petroleum tanker, Sterio Ilias.
The Magistrate ordered the skipper to appear prior to the High Court when he is noticed to do so and to not leave the nation without authorization of the Courts. The Magistrate made this ruling on observing the submission made by the DSG and the Counsel Nipuna Wimalaratna who appeared with Geevan Gunatilalaka for the captain of the distressed ship. The DSG stated the skipper was produced at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday on an order made by preceding Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage. He stated the CID is carrying out investigations over a supposed pollution of the Sri Lankan sea by Rejecting the particles of the distressed tanker. He asserted that the Captain and crew of the ship had deserted it negligently when the fire broke out at the ship while transporting Crude Oil from Kuwait to India, cruising 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point. Counsel
Nipuna Wimalaratna stated the Captain of the ship had actually not deserted it when the fire broke out and that the crew had actually taken every effort to douse the fire. He stated his client is not a suspect in the event..
He contended that the Magistrate Court has no jurisdiction to apprehend the suspect or to ask this matter. The Magistrate further observed that the Preceding Judge had not named the Captain as a suspect however had actually called him to appear prior to Court to help the CID in their examinations and for that reason he refused to apprehend the Captain. Additional questions have actually been delayed for October 12.
- conducting investigations over a supposed contamination of the Sri Lankan sea by Rejecting the particles of the distressed tanker Source