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* Ukrainian captain of MV Avant-Garde granted bail
Thu, Mar 23, 2017, 10:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 23, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday granted bail to the Ukrainian Captain of the MV Avant Garde ship, Gennady Gavrilov, who was charged with possessing and transporting illegal weapons.

Galle High Court today released Gavrilov who was in remand custody for ten months following his arrest last year.

He was released on Rs. 1.5 million cash bail and two surety bails of Rs.10 million. He was also ordered to appear before the CID every Sunday.

Gavrilov was arrested on 23 June 2016 by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police, on charges of illegally possessing and importing firearms and explosives to Sri Lanka.

The Avant Garde vessel was anchored for over one year at the Galle Harbor following its seizure by the Sri Lanka Navy in October 2015 after it was discovered that the ship, which has been registered as a ship transporting cargo, was a floating armory hauling 816 T-56 firearms and 84-S weapons along with 200,000 ammos.

The vessel, was said to be a floating armory of state-affiliated security firms Avant Garde Maritime Security and Rakna Araksha Lanka.

Following its release by Galle magistrate in December 2016, MV Avant Garde, which was in a dilapidating condition since it had been held at the Port of Galle for over a year, sailed to India with a different captain to be sold for scrap metal.


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