Presidential pardon for around 600 prisoners

Around 600 prison inmates serving sentences for minor offences will be given a Presidential pardon, Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya said.

He said they are currently collecting data on eligible cases and it was too early to announce the exact number of inmates who will be pardoned. “In the next two to three days we will check court cases and release the inmates, according to the guidelines received,” Upuldeniya said. The step was taken following an outbreak of Covid-19 within the prisons.

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