The Attorney Director today directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to report facts to the court and obtain a notice against the Captain of the oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ to appear in courts.

The Attorney General has instructed the Director of CID to name the Captain a suspect for committing offenses under the Prevention of Marine Pollution Act No. 35 of 2008 , Coordinating Officer of the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said.

Meanwhile the AG  has also  submitted an interim claim of Rs 340 million to the lawyers representing the owners of the ‘MT New Diamond’ oil tanker, for the costs incurred by the Sri Lankan government in assisting the oil tanker by  fighting the fire on board, rescuing  of its crew etc.