Colombo Telegraph

President Orders To Cancel All Deals With Avant Garde

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed relevant Government officials today to cancel all deals with Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd and hand over the maritime security operations back to the Navy.

The President also instructed weapons on the floating armory operated by the Avant Garde to be handed back.

The decision was taken following a special meeting held today with government officials, the military and other stake holders.

The President also instructed the IGP to carry out a comprehensive investigations with the support of the Attorney General’s department about possible corruption and illegal activities related to the company.

The Prime Minister, Parliamentarians and heads of defense and legal sectors attended the meeting.

On Monday Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana resigned from his ministerial portfolio over the controversy surrounding the Avant Garde security firm.

The Minister at a press conference on Monday morning at his residence announced his decision to step down from his post.

Marapana, who had represented the security firm in the center of controversy, came under fire for his remarks defending the firm during last Wednesday’s parliamentary session.

Senior cabinet ministers and a number of civil society leaders expressed their opposition on Marapana’s statement regarding the Avant Garde floating armory at the parliament.

Marapana defended the security firm dismissing that there is anything illegal about the Avant Garde vessel carrying unauthorized weapons.. He said it was due to lack of understanding about the floating armory which was creating confusion.

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