256 containers of UK hospital waste lying in Colombo Port: AG seeks order to vary earlier court directive


by Chitra Weerarathne

Attorney General Dappula de Livera, yesterday, filed a motion in the Court of Appeal, seeking to vary an earlier court order that no step should be taken by the Sri Lankan authorities, regarding the 256 containers of hospital waste brought here from the UK.

 Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Milinda Gunetilleke,

who appeared for the AG yesterday, said that the UK authorities were not willing to participate in discussions to send back the garbage while a court order was in force.

The Centre for Environmental

Justice and Hemantha Withanage has filed a Court application in the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to prohibit the disposal of the garbage in Sri Lanka, as could contaminate soil and ground water.

The Court of Appeal at an earlier hearing restrained the unloading of that garbage till the case was finally determined.

Yesterday, the Attorney General sought to vary this order, to enable the holding of discussion between the Sri Lankan and the British authorities.

Counsel Ravindranath Dabare and Nimal Wickramasinghe appeared for the petitioner.

The Government Analyst had submitted a report to the Secretary of the Ministry of Justice the Court was informed.

The bench comprised Justice A. H. M. D. Nawaz (President of the Court of Appeal) and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera

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