Feb 04, 2020

512 prisoners to receive presidential pardon on Independence Day

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will pardon over 500 prisoners serving time for minor offences on the occasion of Independence Day.

The Department of Prisons recently has sent the list of prisoners recommended to the Ministry of Justice and the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has granted presidential pardon to 512 prisoners.

Pardoned prisoners include, inmates who were imprisoned for being unable to pay fines until 31st January, prisoners whose 10-year sentences were reduced to 7 years for good behavior and prisoners over 70 years of age.

Those who are sentenced for 33 serious offenses including murder, rape, robbery and organized crime are not entitled for presidential pardon.