Floating armoury: minister resigns

First major casualty in ongoing case.

Lankan Law and Order Minister Resigns Over Floating Armory Case

By P.K.Balachandran

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Law and Order Minister, Tilak Marapana, resigned on Monday, after some influential fellow ministers vehemently opposed his decision not to pursue a high profile case against Avant Garde Maritime Services Ltd., (AGMSL), a controversial company which maintains a floating armory and supplies weapons and Sea Marshals to vessels plying in pirate infested areas of the Indian Ocean.

Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka and Arjuna Ranatunga charged that Marapana wanted the case dropped because he had been the company’s lawyer before becoming cabinet minister. Marapana’s argument that he was only following the Attorney General’s advice,  fell on deaf ears.

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Source: newindianexpress.com

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