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CID unaware of origins of floating armoury weapons

Nathasha De Alwis

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) making submissions before the Galle Chief Magistrate’s Court today (April 9) said that they were unaware of the origins of the firearms that were discovered on board the Avant Garde floating armoury.

The Investigating Officer representing the CID in court today (April 9) added that the weapons on board were unlicensed. He also submitted a report by the government analyst which revealed that the serial numbers of 204 firearms found on board the floating armoury, had been changed.

Retired Sri Lanka Army Colonel Wijeytunge Thilakaratna, the official who was in charge of the floating armoury was remanded until the 23rd of April after being produced in court today (April 9). The Magistrate noted that given the charges leveled against the suspect, bail could only be granted by the High Court.

The Captain of the Avant Garde floating armoury, who spent more than a year in remand custody following his arrest, has been released on bail following an application to the High Court.

Chameera Perera the Convener of the Left Centre expressed his views on the situation.

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