MV Izumo may set off its sail to Singapore soon since the police have completed the preliminary investigation into the hit-and-run case involving the Japanese vessel and the fishing boat.
According to the police, the ship and the second officer, who was arrested in the case, are not required to stay back as the investigation is nearly completed. The police officials said that the incident had occurred 11 nautical miles off Chaliyam, and that there is no legal hurdle in proceeding with the case charged under the sections of the Indian Penal Code.
“Kerala has the jurisdiction up to 12 nautical miles’ distance, and there are no issues like that of the Enrica Lexie case. We have completed the preliminary probe, and the report in this regard will be filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate within two weeks. The ship will be released based on clearance from the Cochin Port Trust, the Coast Guard and the Marine Mercantile Department. The ship is required to be anchored here,” the police officials said. Earlier, second officer Yea Li was granted bail on Friday midnight.