The Chairman of the local agent of the Cargo Vessel MV X-Press Pearl has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (16). The arrest has been made in connection with the investigation into the blaze that took over the ship in the sea near the Colombo Port.
The suspect, Arjuna Hettiarachchi, is the Chairman of Sea Consortium Lanka company.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that the arrest was made on suspicion that the ship's fire was caused by the negligence of the local agent.
The Company Chairman is due to be produced before the Colombo High Court today (16).