X-Press Pearl skipper granted bail
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta yesterday (14) released on bail, in a personal bond of Rs 2 million, the Captain of the fire-ravaged X-Press Pearl cargo ship, who was arrested by the CID and produced in Court.
Judge Thotawatta also ordered the passport of the Captain to be impounded and handed over to the custody of the Court. The accused Captain, a Russian national, has been charged with dereliction of duty.
DSG Madawa Tennakoon represented the prosecution on behalf of the AG while Sarath Jayamanna PC appeared for the accused. Further proceedings of the trial were then deferred to 1 July. The case filed in this regard at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court is due to be called today.
(Pic by Sajeeva Chinthaka)