Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamad Mihail today imposed a travel ban on the Captain of the oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’, a fire on board which has led to marine pollution as a result of an oil leak.

The  Magistrate however refused a request from the Attorney General’s Department to place the Greek ship captain in remand custody saying such an order would have to come from the High Court.

Instead he directed the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to impose a travel ban on the caption and ordered him to give full assistance to the investigations and to inform the court if  his place of residence is changed.

He is facing charges under the Marine Pollution Prevention Act, No. 35 of 2008.

The case will be heard next on 12 October.