CID boards Avant Garde vessel docked at Galle Harbour
October 17, 2015 05:46 pm
A team of officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today boarded the vessel ‘MT Avant Garde’ which is currently anchored at the Galle Harbour.
It has been reported that the investigative team boarded the vessel after obtaining a court order from the Galle Magistrate’s Court.
Investigations into the vessel, which is under the custody of the Sri Lanka Navy, have been hand over to the CID after the navy lodged a complaint with the Galle Harbour Police.
The navy had previously stated that nearly 900 firearms including T56 rifles and around 200,000 bullets were found onboard the arms ship.
The vessel which had entered Sri Lankan waters on October 05 was taken into custody by the Sri Lanka Navy allegedly due to a contradiction in the information given by the captain of the ship.
The navy had carried out preliminary inquiries on the ship and handed a report to the Defence Secretary. The report is being analyzed by a committee appointed by the Ministry of Defence.