Avant Garde case: AG report not submitted yet

by Sugathapala Diyagahage, Ahangama Corr.

The case against the Captain of the Avant Garde floating armoury, Ukranian national Gennadly Gavrylov was taken up before the Galle Magistrate Nishantha Pieris on Thursday. The CID told the court that the Government Analyst’s report on the arms kept in the custody of the vessel had not been submitted.

The Defence Counsel said everything was in order and the vessel had been taken into custody as it had sailed into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka.

Gavrylov’s counsel said his client was only the captain of the floating armoury and he had no responsibility over the arms and ammunition kept in it.

He said the captain was suffering from a cardiac ailment and was feeling home sick as he had not been able to visit his family members as he was in remand custody.

Refuting the defence argument the CID said there had been 859 firearms in the floating armoury and the defence counsel’s argument was not tenable.

The CID said while it was making its submissions the defendant held his chest and collapsed. Thereafter, prison officers had placed him on a chair. Following the incident the Magistrate put off the case for November 9, 2017 while the Captain of the floating armoury was rushed to Karapitiya Hospital in an ambulance.

‘Avant Garde’ floating armoury was taken into custody by the Navy on October 13, 2015 while a consignment of arms was being transported and it was handed over to the CID for further investigations.

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