zoom The Hong Kong Court’s Justice Brian Keith sentenced Lai Sai-ming, the captain of the Sea Smooth ferry, to eight years in prison on the charges of manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea in the 2012 collision with Lamma IV ferry that killed 39 people, the South China Morning Post reports.Chow Chi-wai, the captain of the Lamma IV, was sentenced to nine months in prison after the jury found him guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea. He was cleared of the manslaughter charges.The prosecution team initially charged the two seamen with gross negligence, saying that they failed to keep a proper lookout, or take effective collision avoidance maneuvers.Both defense and prosecution teams said that they have yet to decide whether to appeal the rulings.World Maritime News Staff
The Special Assistant also briefed the Sri Lankan High Commissioner regarding the achievements of the Pakistan Government in the field of counter-terrorism, economy and good governance.Ambassador Lokuketagodage thanked the Special Assistant for the warm welcome accorded to him in Pakistan and expressed his resolve to continue working closely with the Government of Pakistan to retain the positive trajectory of relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The SAPM welcomed Ambassador Lokuketagodage to Pakistan and said the recent leadership-level interactions between the two sides had further strengthened relations between the two sides. He said it also helped identify new areas of bilateral cooperation. Pakistan says it attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka.The Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi said this while he was talking to the newly arrived High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Major Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage. The High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on Fatemi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan.