In view of the recent media reports on the steps taken by Attorney General Y.J.W. Wijayatilake, P.C. with regard to the Avant Garde case, as well as the investigation and prosecution of Shanmugam Kumaran Tharmalingam alias Kumaran Padmanathan (KP), it has become necessary for the Attorney General's Department to clarify its position on these two matters, so that the public is accurately informed of the facts, states the Attorney General in a statement.
The statement added: "Where the Avant Garde case was concerned, the Attorney General acted on the evidence made available by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the observations submitted by the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka Navy and other government agencies it was decided that offences under the Firearms Ordinance, Explosives Act or Prevention of Terrorism Act are not disclosed.
"The CID was given specific instructions by the Attorney General in June 2015 to provide to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, any evidence of corruption relating to the running of the Floating Armoury.
The Attorney General has been informed that the Bribery Commission is investigating this matter.
"The CID was further instructed to inform the Attorney General if they find new evidence disclosing a criminal offence. The media and the public would appreciate that the Attorney General does not act on hearsay or rumour. Prosecutions can be instituted only if there is sufficient and admissible evidence, which can be maintained before a court of law. To do otherwise would be grossly irresponsible.