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* Court rejects bail application of Avant Garde Chairman
Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 10:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 08, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today (08) rejected the request to grant bail for the Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Company, Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi, who is charged with illegally operating a floating armory on board the MV Avant Garde near the coast of Galle.

When the case was taken up today, the three-member High Court bench comprising judges Dhammika Ganepola, Aditya Patabendige and Manjula Tilakaratne ordered to remand the Avant Garde Chairman until December 3.

Announcing the order, Judge Patabendige stated that there were no specific facts have been presented to the court to warrant the release of the defendant on bail. Accordingly, the three-member panel unanimously decided to reject the defendant's bail application.

President's Counsel Gamini Marapana, appearing on behalf of the defendant Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi, said that his client was not a person who had absconded the judiciary at any time.

President's Counsel Marapana requested the court to release his client on any condition as the other defendants in the case have already been released on bail.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, who appeared for the Attorney General, opposed the request and said the three-judge panel was not able to reconsider the decision as the court had already given a decision to reject bail to the accused.

Therefore, the Deputy Solicitor General requested the court to reject the defendant's bail application.

The Attorney General (AG) has filed 7,573 charges against 13 suspects including Nissanka Senadhipathi involved in the Avant-Garde floating armory case before a three-member trial-at-bar at the Colombo High Court.

The suspects have been charged over this case for violating the Firearms Ordinance, Explosives Ordinance, and the Penal Code in connection with the possession of 816 automatic firearms and ammunition 200935 on board the MV Avant Garde without proper license or permit between April 7, 2014, and October 6, 2015.


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