S. Prabhakaran, Colombo Additional Magistrate, on 30 September ordered to lift the travel ban that was imposed on three MV X-Press Pearl crew members. MV X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-registered cargo ship, had caught on fire on 20 May in Sri Lankan waters while carrying cargo that included some toxic chemicals.
On considering Deputy Solicitor General Madhava Tennakoon’s request, the Additional Magistrate asked that the travel ban be lifted and allowed the Filipino, Indian, and Chinese Nationals to travel internationally as investigations have been completed.
Lochani Abeywickrema, Colombo Additional Magistrate, on considering a request from the CID, had previously mandated a travel ban on 25 people, including the ship’s captain; and 14 individuals had their travel ban lifted.
The Additional Magistrate ordered the case to be adjourned until 25 October.