Five accused in the Avant-Garde floating armoury case have been released from the case by the Permanent High Court-at-Bar.
Accordingly the judge bench decided to release Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd, Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd, former Rakna Lanka Chairman Major General (Rtd) Palitha Fernando, Major General (Rtd) K.B. Egodawela and former Senior Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence D.M.S. Damayanthi Jayaratne.
This was due to the fact that only 19 out of the 7,573 total charges filed can be carried forward, the court declared.
Meanwhile the court also granted bail to the former Chairman of Avant-Garde, Nissanka Senadhipathi.