Avant Garde owner Nissanka Senadhipathi and retired Commodore Vishvajith Nandana Diyabalanage, ordered by courts to be arrested immediately, have fled the court, the CID has informed the attorney general.
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According to the AG’s coordinating officer Nishara Jayaratne, the duo had left for Singapore yesterday (06).
The AG yesterday directed the Acting IGP to arrest Senadhipathi and seven others and produce them in Court in connection with the magisterial inquiry into the Avant Garde’s floating armoury case at the Galle Magistrate’s Court.
The Co-ordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne disclosed that the Attorney General had compelled to make these directions following the CID information that two suspects including Nissanka Senadhipathi had left the country even prior to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss five Fundamental Rights petitions filed by Nissanka Senadhipathi and four others seeking an order preventing them being arrested by CID.
Accordingly, the Attorney General directed the Acting IGP Chandana Wickremeratne to arrest the following suspects for illegally operating merchant vessel ships carrying a stock of firearms and explosives including 813 unlicensed automatic firearms and 200,935 rounds of ammunition on the seas off Galle.
They are; Retired Major General Palitha Fernando, Retired Major General Karunaratne Egodawele, Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi, Retired Navy Commodore Vishvajith Nandana Diyabalanage, Retired Air Vice Marshal P.D. Premachandra, National Police Commission Secretary and Former Additional Defence Secretary Saman Dissanayake, Former Senior Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne and Rakna Lanka company Chairman Victor Samaraweera.