22 March, 2019

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Captain Of Avant-Garde Vessel Further Remanded

Ukranian national and captain of the Avant Garde Vessel, Gennady Gavrilov, was further remanded by the Galle Magistrate till July 18.

Avant Garde’s boss -Nissanka Senadhipathi

Avant Garde’s boss -Nissanka Senadhipathi

Gavrilov, was arrested by the CID on June 23, in connection to an ongoing investigation of the vessel belonging to the controversial Avant-Garde company, for allegedly illegally importing firearms to Sri Lanka and illegally possessing firearms and explosives.

The CID is currently conducting further investigations.

Avant Garde, a private security company which struck a deal in 2012 with former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to provide maritime security made headlines last year when authorities seized a floating armory belonging to them. Although the vessel was authorized to carry only 100 guns and 60,000 rounds of ammunition, it had as many as 816 guns and over 200,000 rounds of ammunition in that particular vessel, resulting in Avant Garde’s “illegal” operation raising a security alarm.

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