Floating armoury case concluded

Galle Additional Magistrate Pavithra Sanjeewani Pathirana has ordered to conclude the case regarding the floating armoury found on board the MV Kandy ship anchored at the Galle Harbor.

The case was closed after CID Chief Inspector Sugath Kumara filed a motion in court.

The Chief Inspector said that the Attorney General had instructed to close the case as there were no charges to file a criminal charge.

After considering all the facts, the Magistrate decided to close the case and ordered to retain the photocopies and release the original documents.

Based on information received by the Galle DIG the Harbour Police took the MV Kandy vessel into custody on January 18, 2015 and handed it over to the CID for further investigations.

Investigations revealed that 22 containers were found to contain over 3,000 weapons including T-56 firearms, machine guns and rifles.

When the case was first taken up in the Galle Magistrate’s Court, the lawyers representing the company that owns the ship stated that Avant Garde had maintained the arsenal with the permission of the Ministry of Defense to provide security to ships sailing at sea.

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