Seven employees of local agent of MV X-Press Pearl arrested

Seven employees of the local agent of the MV X-Press Pearl ship were arrested today and were later granted bail.

They were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) following investigations conducted into the fire on the ship in Sri Lankan waters.

The suspects were produced before a Magistrate and released on bail.

Arjuna Hettiarachchi, the Chairman of Setmil Group of companies, the local agent of X-Press Feeder, the operators of the X-Press Pearl ship, was also arrested earlier this month. Hettiarachchi was later granted bail by court.

The captain of the ship was also arrested and was released on a Rs. 2 million personal bond.

The X-Press Pearl vessel which was carrying cargo with chemicals had caught fire due to an explosion off the coast of Colombo last month.

Eight containers with cargo had fallen into the sea after which debris and packages had washed ashore along the coast from Colombo to Negombo.

The ship eventually sank in Sri Lankan waters. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOUR MEDIA AND SHAME ON YOUR LEADERSHIP.

    The arrest was an eyewash. I bet high ranking politicians have involved and allowed the disaster to happen, in order to make money. This is how South Asia works. South Asia has no hope, unless the people chase out corrupt politicians and media personnels. The corrupt politicians and media personnels work together to keep two billion people poor and helpless.

    Sri Lankan media personnels should walk naked, because they never wrote how Rohitha Rajapaksa made his wealth. Nobody is in jail for looting the central bank, but the media has given up on it, instead of pushing the people, political leaders and justice system to punish the perpetrators. The media never wrote a sentence when the Australian Government deleted my citizenship and brought me to the street for making awareness of the Australian Aboriginal people’s hardships.

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