Avant Garde saga continues
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Sri Lanka: Avant Garde Sordid Saga & the National Security
D.M.S. Dissanayake, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Defence Ministry and the officer-in-charge of Civil Security, has come under investigation over the controversy surrounding the Avant Garde Maritime Services Limited.
Dissanayake was the official who wrote a letter to the Navy Commander to release the vessel containing a consignment of arms for Avant Garde Maritime Services Limited. Highly placed sources from the Defence Ministry added that the ministry would investigate whether the senior official actually had a “mandate” to issue a letter of that nature, seeking the release of the vessel. The Navy handed over an inquiry report on the matter to Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi yesterday.
After receiving the investigation report on the Avant Garde arms ship, jointly conducted by the Navy and the Coastguard, the Defence Ministry decided to initiate a comprehensive probe.
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