Police take over probe into Avant Garde

avant-garde-mahanuwara-shipThe police have taken over investigations into the Avant Garde vessel after the Navy filed a complaint in Galle today.

Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Navy had filed the complaint with the Galle harbour police.

He said that as a result of the complaint the Galle DIG has initiated investigations over the vessel.

The vessel was said to have been carrying 816 T-56 weapons and over 200,000 bullets at the time it was seized by the Navy when it entered Sri Lankan waters off Galle.

Gunasekera said that according to the Navy complaint, the ship did not have authorization to carry weapons and had three foreigners among the 36 member crew.

Earlier, yesterday, the Defence Ministry said it had decided to appoint a team to investigate the Avant Garde vessel based on a report submitted by the Navy. (Colombo Gazette)