The judgement in the case against Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi and seven others has been fixed for May 21 by the High Court Trial –at Bar.

The case was filed against the Avant-Garde floating armoury an allegedly illegal operation in terms of the law.

The Attorney General alleged that the accused have committed punishable offences under sections 22(1) and 22(3) of the Fire Arms Ordinance and section 113B, 102, 189 and 190 of the Penal Code for illegally operating merchant vessel ship MV Avant Garde carrying a stock of firearms and explosives including 816 unlicensed automatic firearms and 202,935 rounds of ammunition on the seas off Galle.

Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Adithya Patabendige, ManjulaTillekaratne and Mahen Weeraman concluded recording of evidence and oral submissions of both prosecution and defence.

The Attorney General maintained that the accused had committed punishable offences under the Firearms Ordinance and Explosives Ordinance on or around October 6, 2015.


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