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Ukrainian captain of Avant Garde vessel returns home from detention in Sri Lanka, - Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hennadiy Havrylov was acquitted by the court and eventually arrived in Odesa
16:40, 4 June 2021

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba
Ukrinform

Hennadiy Havrylov, the Ukrainian captain of the Avant Garde ship who stayed in detention in Sri Lanka since 2016 returned home. Dmytro Kuleba, the Foreign Minister posted that on Twitter.

"I welcome the return of Hennadiy Havrylov, the captain of the Avant Garde vessel who was kept in Sri Lanka since 2016 under unreasoned charges. The diplomats were nearby, fighting for his release. In late May, the court acquitted him. He is in Odesa now", reads the message. 

Hennadiy Havrylov was the captain of Avant Garde, which belonged to a company in Sri Lanka. It was involved as security guarantee in the maritime traffic and as a countermeasure against possible pirate raids. Due to its specific tasks, the vessel carried firearms and ammunition. 

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In October 2015, Avant Garde was at anchor beyond the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, as ordered by the operator company. Captain Havrylov expected the permission to enter the docks, when Avant Garde was arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities and returned to its territorial waters. The vessel was held at bay, and Hennadiy Havrylov remained on board. In June 2016, Havrylov was arrested for the alleged illegal weapons import and could not leave the territory of that country since then.

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