Government To Recieve Report On Floating Armoury This Week

State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijeyawardene stated that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will submit the report of the investigation into the floating armory discovered at the Galle port in January this year

In an interview with weekly news paper Wijeyawardene told that the CID investigation had been “closely monitored” by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, given its potentially international security ramifications.

The government would continue with Lanka Logistics until an alternative military procurement structure had been devised that would eliminate security loop holes and the possibility of financial corruption, Wijeyawardene asserted.

On January 18 this year, police detained a vessel carrying 12 container loads of weapons at the Galle Harbour.

The Sri Lanka-flagged vessel “MV Mahanuwara” was later revealed to be the floating armoury operated by Avant Garde Maritime Services, a subsidiary of private security firm Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt) Ltd.

It was reported that during investigation CID had questioned former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Navy Commander Admiral (retd) Somathilake Dissanayake and a number of officials of Avant Garde Security Services.

The Court also has imposed travel bans on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Admiral (retd) Somathilake Dissanayake, Director of the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka (Pvt.) Limited, Major General (Retd) K. B. Egodawela and the Managing Director of Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt.) Limited Manjula Yapa.





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