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‘Yahapalana’ Govt. made false allegations - Avant-Garde Chairman

Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi yesterday told the Colombo High Court that the Ministers of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government had made such false allegations to imprison President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and himself.

He made this statement from the dock over the case filed against him and seven others over the High profile Avant Garde floating armory case.

The case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Dhammika Ganepola (President), Adithya Patabendi and Manjula Thilakarathne.

The case will be taken up for further trial today (07).

Previously, the Attorney General has amended the indictment filed against Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Yapa Senadhipathi and seven others over the High profile Avant Garde floating armory case. According to the previous indictment, the Attorney General submitted that the accused have committed punishable offences under Sections 22(1) and 22(3) of the FireArms 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 high seas off Galle.

The Attorney General maintained that there is sufficient evidence to prove that the all accused had committed punishable offences under the Firearms Ordinance and Explosives Ordinance on or around October 6, 2015. The Attorney General further maintained that three accused - Saman Dissanayake, P.D. Premachandra and Nissanka Senadhipathi - could be charged for fabricating false evidence under Section 189 and 190 of the Penal Code.