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Ukrainian Captain arrested for carrying unauthorized weapons in his vessel protests before UN Office in Colombo

Gennadly Gavrylov, Ukrainian Captain of controversial vessel Avant Garde, used as an armoury protesting opposite UN office in Colombo yesterday demanding that his case be expedited.

Captain Gavrylov was taken into custody four years ago for alleged charge of being in charge of a vessel carrying unauthorized weapons. At that time he was the captain of the tug AVANT GARDE owned and operated by Sri Lanka Shipping Company.

Captain appeals to UNO that he be permitted to leave Sri Lanka after 4 yrs in prison

The Ukranian handed over a letter to the United Nations Office in Colombo appealing for their intervention that he be permitted to leave Sri Lanka after being in prison for four years.

He carried a placard as well outside the UN office before handing over his letter. Representatives from the Ukraine Embassy Office in New Delhi are expected to attend the next court hearing in his case scheduled on June fourteenth. The embassy officials are expected to plead his case for being let off

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