5 defendants acquitted in Avant Garde case
2020-01-17 at 15:56
Five of the thirteen persons named in the Avant Garde case filed before the Special High Court-at-bar for maintaining an illegal floating armoury have been acquitted.
Last year, Attorney General Dappula de Livera filed 7,573 charges against the thirteen persons over the Avant Garde case.
However, the High Court bench today determined that only 19 of the charges filed by the Attorney General can been taken forward against the accused.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Limited Nissanka Senadhipathi, who was arrested and remanded over the case has been released on bail.
Court also imposed an international travel ban on Nissanka Senadhipathi.
The Attorney General filed charges against the group after the state reportedly incurred a loss of Rs.11.4 million during period when the Avant Garde Maritime Services Private Limited maintained a floating armoury.
The operation of the floating armoury was halted by the Navy on the 6th of October 2015.
At the time 816 automatic rifles and 202,935 live ammunition were seized during the operation.