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Navy investigation report on Avant Gaurd vessel submitted to Defence Ministry
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The report of the investigation, conducted by Sri Lanka Navy on the Avant Garde vessel, which provided false information to dock in the Galle Harbor, has been submitted to the Ministry of Defence today.

Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi told our news team that he received the report this morning.

He added, further investigations would be conducted by a three member Independent Committee.

On suspicion of a vessel sailing near sea off Galle harbor, Navy stopped the vessel and inspected it.

Navy was informed the ship was captained by a Sri Lankan and the shipload was transported for Avant Garde Company.

However Navy decided to conduct a full investigation as information provided by the authorities of the vessel found to be contradictory.

On an earlier occasion, MV Maha Nuwara of Avant Garde Company was taken into custody with 3154 weapons and 47 thousand 859 rounds onboard on January 18th this year.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Sobitha Rajakaruna stated that charges leveled against the Attorney General with regard to Avant Garde incident were baseless.

He revealed this information after paying a courtesy call to the Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and the Asgiri Chapters yesterday.

Speaking further, Rajakaruna said that there are no provisions under Firearm Ordinance of Sri Lanka to file a criminal case with regard to the Avant Garde incident.

He further said that action could be taken to clear whether the action by the then Defence Minister was correct to vesting power in Avant Garde company to stock weapons.

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