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HMS HERMES WRECK LOOTERS CAUGHT BY THE NAVY IN SRI LANKA

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  1. alexi charlot

    alexi charlot New Member

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    Three divers who dived the wreck many times were found guilty for looting some artifacts from the worlds first purpose built air craft carrier bombed by the Japanese during the 2nd world war.
    The vigilant Sri Lanka navy petrol crafts in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka near Batticaloa have received confirmed reports by some fishermen that these three divers an Austrian dive Operator and two foreign expatriate factory owners have been diving and sending valuable artifacts to the surface using lift bags.
    Their hotel was raided by the Navy along with the Marine Police Archaeological team of the area police station and found eight items in their rooms.
    They were in remand custody for 28 days since the court wanted a report from the Commissioner of Archaeology in Colombo with regard to the eight items found from their possession. As per the report those eight items, Compass, Chronometer, other instruments from the super structure had no archaeological value since these were not 100 years old. But had a historical value.
    How ever the court fined the three culprits Rs. 100,000/= (US$ 550/-) each and their diving gear six regulators, BCDs harnesses Cylinders, go pro cameras were confiscated.
    As proof of the crime the Go Pro camera used by the divers too were in the custody. The video footage had evidence of the crime.
    The court verdict translated by a recognize translator is stated below

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    579/19

    Removing spare parts unnecessarily from a ship of 1918 which was drowned within the limit of the sea at Kallady of Batticaloa.



    57406/5/2019


    Case No:: B/579/19

    At the Magistrate’s Court of Batticaloa on 19.07.08

    Defendants:

    01. Paber Franz Carl, A98/78 Millstadt Mirnockstr34 Austria (Passport No.U3240975)

    02. Nash Michael Lohs (Gwermany Kasteetstraat 117, Vlissingen Netherland)

    Passport No:C4JN1123K)

    03. Hermann Michael Lohs Germany Jalan Batur Sari Gang Mumbas, Denpajar Bali/Indonesia (Passport No: C4JN1123K)

    LIST OF OBJECTS OF EVIDENCE

    01) Included in PB/978/19

    01. (ASUS) Model Laptop Computer - 01

    02. Diving Light – 03

    03. Underwater cover Gopro Model – 01

    04. Graphin (GPS -73) – 01

    05. Rubber stamp name of Serendib Daters Ports Paradise (Pvt.) Ltd. – 01

    02) Included in PB/979/19

    01) A part named Kach fixed in the drowned ship

    02) Underwater Camera of Hero Model – 01

    03) Included in PB/980/19

    01) Pieces of parts removed from the drowned ship.

    02) Old light removed from the drowned ship – 01

    03) Parts of water pump (suspected to be ) removed from the drowned ship - 04

    04) Laptop Computer of H/P model - 01

    05) Cover of Laptop Computer of H/P model - 01

    06) Diving Laptop - 01, Diving Guard Diverse of Model 7) (TRANSEN – 02 /WDELIMANTS 01) – 03

    07) -----

    08) Pen Drive of Sunnis – 03

    09) Cover to keep pen drive – 01

    10) Adopter 04 (Samsung 02, Suntak 01 and titac 01)

    11) Cover to keep Adopter - 01

    12) Kingston Memory – 01

    13) Data Cable 01, Travelling Bag 01



    04) Included in PB/981/19

    01) Swimming shoes – 03 pairs

    02) Eye Cover wearing while swimming - 01

    03) Regulator – 10

    04) Snow clean valve – 01

    05) -----

    06) Swimming dress – 03

    07) Weight lifting belt – 01

    08) Oxygen Gallon - 07

    09) First Aid Box – 01

    10) Deep measuring tool named Royal Analyse – 01

    Sgd. Illegibly (Seal) Chief Inspector of Police,

    Officer – in – Charge Headquarters Police Station.

    Headquarters , Police Station, Batticaloa.

    Batticaloa.



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    ENGLISH TRANSLATION

    Reporting to the Hon. Court with regard to visiting to Sri Lanka as a tourist legally removed and damaged valuable items in a drowned ship within the boundary of Sri Lanka in the sea of Kallady and keeping in their possession. Arresting three persons with regard to the above incident and producing at the court.

    Police }55

    (F2 orig & Dup.S.&T.) 05/80





    Reporting to the Hon. Court on this 15th day of June, 2019 that,



    According to the information received by R.Dissanayaka the Officer –in – Charge of main Navy Camp situated in the area of Vakarai, Batticaloa, informed to Lt.Commander RanjithOfficer – in – Charge of the Navy Camp of Kallady that three tourists of foreign citizen who stayed in a tourist
    Nash Michael Lohs (Gwermany Kasteetstraat 117, Netherland) in his room there were a lock for the entrance door of the ship and a Underwater Camera of Hero Model – 01. Hermann Michael Lohs Germany Jalan Batur Sari Gang Mumbas, Denpajar Bali/Indonesia was in room No.06. In his room there were spare parts of tools used in the water , 01 light, Guard Diverse 03, HP Model computer, and its bag 01, Diving Black Computer – 02, Sandisk Pen Drive 03, Adoptor 04, (Samsung 02, Suntak 01 and titac 01) Cover to keep Adopter - 01,


    Kingston Memory – 01,Data Cable 01, Travelling Bag 01, Pen Drive cover 01. These have been taken under custody and handed over to the station along with the suspects. Samaraweera, Headquarters Inspector took over them . Charges against the said suspects was explained by him and arrested the suspects at the station at 20.00 hours. Objects of evidence was included at the station under PR/978/19 PR/979/19, PR/980/19PR/981/19. Inquiries have been conducted regarding the suspects arrested further, since the suspects have stated in their statements that there are some more valuable spare parts of the ship inquiries have been conducted regarding report of the Archealogical Officer and the report of the Defence Board of Aquatic Resources Authority and regarding causing damages to the properties of the government in order to obtain the report regarding the objects taken to custody from the suspects and to get the values of these objects. Therefore, I hereby pray the Hon.Court to remand the suspects until 2019.06.28.

    SUSPECTS

    01. Franz Faber Carl, A98/78 Millstadt Mirnockstr34 Austria (Passport No.U3240975)

    02. Nash Michael Lohs (Gwermany Kasteetstraat 117, Vlissingen Netherland) Passport No: C4JN1123K)

    03. Hermann Michael LohsGermany Jalan Batur Sari Gang Mumbas, Denpajar Bali/Indonesia (Passport No: C4JN1123K).



    Sgd. Illegibly Seal: M.M.G.D.Meegahawathura,

    Officer – in – Charge, Headquarters Chief Inspector

    of Minor Offence of Police, Police Headquarters,

    Batticaloa. Batticaloa.

    2019.06.15





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    01. Paber Franz Carl,

    02. Nash Michael Lohs

    03. Michael Lohs Herman Carl

    Time 20.20 hours, CI Samaraweera and Deegahawathura HQI appear in the court. Plaintiff strongly objects for bail. Informed that the report of the Department of Archaeology to be obtained. Mr.I.L.M.Ramees appears in the court claim for bail.

    Remand 17.06.2019

    Sgd. Illegibly

    2019.06.17



    SUSPECTS

    01. Paber Franz Carl,

    02.Nash Michael Lohs

    03.Michael Lohs Herman Carl

    AAL Farook and Unais ……………

    09.07.19

    M.Mangaleswary Attorney – at – Law annex an appeal and request to issue a certified cop of this.

    Issue after recovery of relevant fee..

    Sgd.Illegibly









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    Police }55

    SRI LANKA POLICE (F2 orig & Dup.S.&T.) 05/80

    Information provided to the Justice



    Information Book : 305 Court: Batticaloa

    Page & para: MOIB- 48



    Case No:: B/579/19

    To the Magistrate of Batticaloa on 2019.06.15



    Report of an investigation of an offence under the Code

    of Criminal Procedure Act of National State

    Assembly No.15 of 1979 and under

    Section 115 (1), (2), (3),

    (4), 120(1), (2), (3)



    I Dayala Deegahawathura Headquarter’s, Chief Inspector of Police, Samaraweera Headquarters Chief Inspector of Police of Police Headquarters Batticaloa hereby report with regard to an incident of visiting to Sri Lanka as a tourist legally removed and damaged valuable items in a drowned ship within the boundary of Sri Lanka in the sea of Kallady and keeping in their possession.



    I hereby report to the Hon. Court with my previous report of 2019.06.5 as follows:-

    I have been conducting further inquiries regarding this incident under my supervision and the suspects who have been arrested have visited to Sri Lanka as tourists and since they have removed the spare parts of a drowned ship about 40 kilo meters away from the sea in Kallady of Batticaloa in Sri Lanka Island and they have caused damage to the spare parts and kept in their possession the said suspects have been arrested. The objects which have been used to remove the items from the drowned ship and the objects used for entering into the ship have been taken into custody and included as objects of evidence. (ASUS) Model Laptop Computer - 01, Diving Light – 03Underwater cover Gopro Model – 01Graphin (GPS -73) – 01, Rubber stamp name of Serendib Daters Ports Paradise (Pvt.) Ltd. – 01 have been taken into custody from the possession of 1stt suspect named Franz and included in Included in PB/978/19. A part named Kach fixed in the drowned ship and Underwater Camera of Hero Model – 01 have been taken from the second suspect Michael Lohs Nash and Included in PB/979/19. Included in PB/980/19

    Pieces of parts removed from the drowned ship.

    Old light removed from the drowned ship – 01

    Parts of water pump (suspected to be ) removed from the drowned ship – 04, Laptop Computer of H/P model – 01, Cover of Laptop Computer of H/P model – 01, Diving Laptop - 01, Diving Guard Diverse of Model 7) (TRANSEN – 02 /WDELIMANTS 01) – 03, Pen Drive of Sunnis – 03, Cover to keep pen drive – 01, Adopter 04 (Samsung 02, Suntak 01 and titac 01), Cover to keep Adopter - 01, Kingston Memory – 01, Data Cable 01, Travelling Bag 01 have been taken into custod from Hermann Michael Lohs Germany Jalan Batur. Further, Swimming shoes – 03 pairs, Eye Cover wearing while swimming - 01, Regulator – 10, Snow clean valve – 01, Swimming dress – 03, Weight lifting belt – 01, Oxygen Gallon - 07, First Aid Box – 01 Deep measuring tool named Royal Analyse – 01 which have been kept front of the corridor of 04th, 5th and 06th rooms of the tourist hotel where the said suspects were staying. These items have been taken into custody and Included in PB/981/19 as objects of evidence and been kept at the station. Further inquires have been conducted under the supervision of Basnayaka, Inspector of Police, Officer – in – Charge of the Archealogy in order to conduct further inquiries regarding spare parts removed from the drowned ship.

    This drowned ship named H.M.S.Hermed of England is a longest ship during the 2nd world war period in the year 1942 and this ship was parked about 40 kilo meters away from the sea area of Kallady. War planes used to land and collect fuel and weapons and fly again. Therefore, this ship was waiting for other planes. This ship was involved in a bomb blast by the air force of Japan and drowned. Since then this place has been considered as a souvenir of the war heroes passed away in the war and has been protected by the government of England and Sri Lanka as a souvenir. This has been commemorated by the relatives on the 09th day of each year by worship with garland. It was revealed upon the inquiries that this is place has been protected as an ancient place. After this upon an information given to the department of Archealogy of Colombo a group including Mr.Mahinda Karunathilaka Assistant Superintendent –in-Charge of Batticaloa and Ampara District , inquirer into antiques K.P.Palitha and Senior Assistant Superintendent P.R. Pushpakumara checked the particular objects and informed that they will inform to the Hon.Court and inform the value of such objects and submit. After this it was informed to the police of Marine unit to see the place where the ship drowned Nimal S.I. and P.C.70379 Thilakaratne Nandika P.C.77215 P.C. 63338 Asanka of the said unit visited to the particular place and went inside the sea and they found that the ship was in about 53 kilo meters deep and they could go only 40 kilo meters distance and if they want to go beyond that they should have special training but they did not have such training and they will have risk of their life if they go beyond that . Further I have been conducting inquiries under my supervision . Objects of evidence of this incident are a wealth of Sri Lanka and they should be protected well. The suspects well aware of this and they have removed the items and caused damage . Therefore, I hereby pray the Hon./Court to remand the suspects until the inquires are completed.

    Sgd.Illegibly

    Police Headquarters,

    Batticaloa.

    2019.06.17

    SRI LANKA POLICE

    Information to the Magistrate



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    Information Book : 305 Court: Batticaloa

    Page & para: MOIB- 48



    Register:

    Case No:: B/579/19

    To the Magistrate of Batticaloa on 2019.08.07

    Report of an investigation of an offence under the Code

    of Criminal Procedure Act of National State

    Assembly No.15 of 1979 and under

    Section 115 (1), (2), (3),

    (4), 120(1), (2), (3)

    I Basnayaka I.P. Headquarter’s, Chief Inspector of Police, Samaraweera Headquarters Chief Inspector of Police of Police Headquarters Batticaloa hereby report with regard to an incident of visiting to Sri Lanka as a tourist legally removed and damaged valuable items in a drowned ship within the boundary of Sri Lanka in the sea of Kallady and keeping in their possession.

    I hereby report to the Hon.Court with my previous report made on 2019.06.15

    I have been conducting further inquiries regarding this incident under my supervision and the suspects who have been arrested have visited to Sri Lanka legally as tourists and since they have removed the spare parts of a drowned ship about 40 kilo meters away from the sea in Kallady of Batticaloa in Sri Lanka Island and they have caused damage to the spare parts and kept in their possession, the said suspects have been arrested and the objects also have been taken to custody. The items stolen from the drowned ship by the suspects involved in the incident and the objects used for removing such parts and items used for entering into the sea have been taken to custody from them and included as objecs of evidence of this case.It was revealed upon the inquiries that This drowned ship H.M.S.Hermed of England is a longest ship during the 2nd world war period in the year 1942 and this ship was parked about 40 kilo meters away from the sea area of Kallady. After informing to the headquarters of the Department of Archealogy, Colombo they have sent a report in this regard and they have informed that this ship has not been included in the Gazette of the Department of Archealogy.Objects in the ship are very old since this ship has been made in the year 1918 and these objects should be protected well as a souvenir. It has been reported that removing the items from the ship knowingly considering the value of these is an offence under section 06 No.9 – 1940 of the Department of Archealogy.At the inquiry held to request the report from the Central Cultural Fund to know whether this ship has been registered in the government property a report has been submitted stating that this ship has not been registered regarding government property anywhere. Therefore, I hereby report to the Hon. court that I hereby submit the plaint since the suspects in connection with this incident have purposely removed the antiques thereby have committed an offence.

    Sgd.Illegibly

    Chief Inspector of Police

    Headquarters Police Station

    Batticaloa

    2019.07.08

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    See pictures of the looted items !!!
     

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