‘Captain Ali’ to return home
The Government yesterday ordered the crew of ‘Captain Ali’ which
brought food stuff destined for the LTTE terrorists to sail the ship
away from the country’s territorial waters without unloading cargo.
According to Acting spokesman of the Sri Lanka Navy Captain Mahes
Karunaratne, the Navy has provided special security to the ship till it
returns to the international maritime boundaries.
Investigation into this Syrian ship which was hired by the LTTE
activists in the UK completed yesterday and the Government has ordered
the ship to return to its destination.
A businessman in Colombo who is expected to take over the cargo of
the ship was arrested by a special police team on Saturday and the ship
was throughly checked by the Sri Lanka Navy in the sea off Panadura.
The controversial ship MV ‘Captain Ali’ carrying unauthorized cargo
collected by a pro-LTTE organization in Europe supposedly to be
distributed to the IDPs in the Wanni was intercepted by Naval Patrol 160
km west of Colombo at around 4 a.m. on Thursday. The vessel sailing
under the Syrian flag had a crew of 15 including an Iceland national.