Turk fined Rs.10 million

3 June 2010 09:46 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By T. Farook Thajudeen

The Colombo High Court today imposed a fine of Rs 10 million on a captain of a Turkish vessel for releasing Sulphuric Acid into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka in Trincomalee.

Senior State Counsel Riaz Hamza appearing on behalf of the State complained that the accused Sir Sidath, the Captain of the vessel ‘M T Grand of Turkey’ had released the  hazardous chemical into the Sri Lankan Waters from April 5th to April 9th 2009.

The Accused pleaded guilty for the charge and consequently the High Court imposed a fine of Rs 10 million on the captain of the vessel. In default of the payment of the fine the accused was sentenced to one year imprisonment. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 9

  • Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:50 AM


    Thursday, 03 June 2010 10:02 AM

    As usual that's probably pittance in relation to the damage done.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 10:22 AM

    This incident took place an year ago. I guess the captain spent the whole time in jail. So happy 2 years in prison for him.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 11:04 AM

    You cant blame the Captain. He must have probably thought that its no big deal. you can dump any junk in and around Srilanka. Like our people do from top to bottom.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 02:25 PM

    10 million rupees is not enough to even paint a ship!

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 02:56 PM

    What about those people who consumed fish from the contaminated area? Have the health authorities warned fisher-folk and the community? If not, health complications may surface in future!

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 03:44 PM

    Good judgment!

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 04:24 PM

    This is a good move! We have to do-away with Sri Lanka's image of being a dump-yard for foreigners. 10 MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH!

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 04:25 PM

    He should have been fined much more as the damage caused may not be measurable. (Rs.10 million is just US$87,000/-.)

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