Court refuses to remand MT New Diamond Captain

2020-09-28 at 15:45

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has dismissed a request by the Attorney General to place the captain of the ‘MT New Diamond’ vessel in remand custody.

Chief Magistrate Mohamad Mihail informed that a Magistrate Court is not vested with the powers to announce such a verdict.

He stated that a verdict of this nature can be issued by a High Court. However the Captain, a Greek national, was prevented from travelling overseas without Court approval.

The Attorney General requested the Colombo Chief Magistrate to remand the captain of the vessel, under provisions of the Prevention of Marine Pollution Act of 2008.

The captain of the ‘MT New Diamond’ appeared before Court this morning.

A fire broke out on the Panamanian registered fuel tanker on the 3rd of September due to an engine room explosion, 35 nautical miles off the coast of Sangaman Kanda Point.

Joint efforts by the Sri Lanka Navy, Air Force and Indian Navy succeeded in dousing the flames.

However, one crew member, an individual from the Philippines died in the incident while several others sustained injuries.

The vessel is currently located in deep seas around 67 nautical miles away from the coast of Batticaloa.