Assistance of international legal experts sought to claim compensation
Posted on June 8th, 2021

Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror

While claiming that five committees have been appointed to work on the procedures to demand claims from the X-Press Pearl vessel, Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardane said today steps were being taken to seek assistance of the international legal experts on the matter.

The Minister told parliament that international legal procedures would also come into play in this process in addition to the domestic legal framework.

He said legal assistance of the international legal experts would be sought in a transparent manner.

The Minister said the matter with regard to the claiming of compensation from the vessel was discussed with the Justice minister and the Attorney General.

“We have identified five areas such as environment pollution, marine pollution, air pollution,lagoon pollution and damage caused to the fishing community. We have appointed five committees to study these affected areas,” he said.

He said steps would be taken to compensate those directly affected due to the incident initially and secondly the institutions such as Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Sri Lanka Navy, air force and the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) that engaged in dousing the fire would claim compensation.

He said compensation would be sought for marine pollution as well. ()

2 Responses to “Assistance of international legal experts sought to claim compensation”

  1. Nimal Says:

    This is the right way to go about as this problem is very complex for our local justice system to deal with.British government is now about host a climate change conference and gosl should appeal to PM Boris to discuss this very topic whereby an international organization could be developed to tackle this problems on the shipping lanes. They will find the experts not only to deal with the damage but seek justice on behalf of the victims in countries whose livelihoods are shattered.

  2. aloy Says:

    One can get an idea whose job is this if you go to the link below and then see who actually own the ship. Wikipedia on the owner will disclose who they are and may have even been resident in our big hotels.


    What they could not get with guns, they are finding other ways, perhaps.

    Do not be fooled by their overtures in parliament!.

    They will wax eloquently and give sweet talk, but the ultimate aim is the same.

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