Written by Staff Writer
12 Nov, 2015 | 10:25 pm
Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressed a media briefing in Colombo on Thursday.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that officials at the Ministry of Defence have accepted that there were faults, and the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy submitted a report on this matter.
He also stated:
We asked if there were any weapons and they said “no.” There were three firearms for the three sea marshals. Who is the sea marshal? The captain gave the name of a Sri Lankan. When the vessel was boarded, an armoury was discovered. No vessel is permitted to switch off the GPS. Everyone must know where the vessel is at all times. When the vessel was passing through the Maldives, the GPS was switched off.
Acts of conspiracy in the Maldives took place during this period. There is a connection between these two. The relevant authorities need to be informed before a vessel departs. They need to obtain permission.”
The Minister also stated:
Permission was not obtained from the Sri Lanka Navy. When a weapon is being issued to a person in the country, the serial number of that weapon is noted down. There is a permit for that. Nothing of that had been followed. They said that the Former Secretary of Defence had provided them with a blanket permit. The Commander of the Navy informed that the serial numbers of 43 weapons had been changed. He also called for a broader investigation on the matter …”
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