The Presidential Commission of Inquiry which was appointed to examine the Avant Garde floating armory has completed the investigations and will release their report within the next few weeks, The Nation learns.
A team of officials of the Presidential Commission boarded the Avant Garde vessel docked at the Galle Port on Wednesday to obtain accurate information on the stock file of weapons on board the vessel. Preliminary Investigations on the controversial Avant Garde floating armory were initially carried by the Navy as they have the authority to board any vessel.
The vessel which is belonging to the Avant Garde Maritime Security Services has arrived in the Galle Harbor in early October with a haul of weapons and firearms. The Navy, which entered the vessel upon its entry to the harbor found 816 T-56 and 84-S weapons along with 200,000 ammos in the ship.
The Navy handed over the report to Defense Secretary K. Hettiarachchi. Later the Criminal Investigations Department undertook a probe on a special order given by the Inspector General of Police following a formal complaint lodged by the Navy. Police security was also accorded to the vessel anchored at the Galle Harbor.
The inquiry by the Presidential Commission came up following an order given by the President Maithripala Sirisena.