Five sub-committees set up – Ali Sabry
By Faadhila Thassim and Sandeep Tissaaratchy
Five sub-committees have been set up to assess the impact and damage caused by the fire that broke out on the MV X-Press Pearl vessel, Minister of Justice Ali Sabry said.
He added that three committees comprising experts will ascertain the impact and damage caused to the environment, the marine environment, livelihood of fishermen, and the impact on the economy, while two committees will focus on the necessary legal procedure and the cost that Sri Lanka has incurred as a result of the fire.
Sabry was speaking at a discussion held at the Ministry of Justice yesterday (7), on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, pertaining to the legal procedure to obtain compensation for the damage caused as a result of the MV X-Press Pearl fire.
He said the main purpose of the discussion was to extend support to Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam in instituting necessary legal action upon assessing the damage. He said the support of subject-matter experts will also be obtained, adding that all necessary legal measures will be adopted to obtain maximum compensation for the damage caused.
Sabry further said the findings of the sub-committees will be forwarded to the Attorney General, adding that the compensation will be sought in a manner that will cover the existing damages and those likely to take place in the future.
Minister of Ports and Shipping, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish and Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multiday Fishing and Fish Exports, Kanchana Wijesekera, and the Attorney General were also present at the discussion.