CID hands over Avant Garde investigation report to court

CID hands over Avant Garde investigation report to court

CID hands over Avant Garde investigation report to court

Written by Staff Writer

26 Oct, 2015 | 8:16 pm

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) handed over the report of the investigation carried out on the Avant Garde floating armoury to court on Monday, October 26.

The investigation was carried out on the MV Avant Garde vessel which was seized by the Sri Lanka Navy on October 6.

The vessel MV Avant Garde which was under the custody of the Sri Lanka Navy and later handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for investigations, is currently docked at the Galle Harbour.

Five hundred and forty nine (549) T56 assault rifles, 264 S84 firearms, around 200,000 rounds of ammunition, 25 protective headgear items and 25 bulletproof vests were found on board the vessel.

The Criminal Investigations Department handed over the report to Galle Magistrate Nilupuli Lankapura in her chambers.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into large scale corruption and fraud has decided to launch an investigation into transactions undertaken by Avant Garde.

The Commission’s Secretary Lacille de Silva said that the arms and ammunition on board the MV Avant Garde vessel would be inventoried.

He added that as the assistance of the Inspector General of Police has been requested, the vessel will be inspected by police officials and representatives of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday.

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