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May 07, 2020

270 prisoners to be pardoned

The Department of Prisons says that 290 prisoners will be released in line with the Vesak Festival this year.

According to Commissioner General of Prisons - TMJW Tennekoon, 228 inmates will be granted their freedom today, under a general Presidential pardon.

Inmates who are over the age of 65, those who had been unable to pay fines and others who are eligible to be released based on leave are among the number.

He further noted that another 62 inmates were also released over the past three days based on good conduct.