Over 500 prisoners receive Presidential pardon for Independence Day | Daily News


 

Over 500 prisoners receive Presidential pardon for Independence Day


President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has pardoned 512 prisoners serving time around the country for minor offences, on the occasion of National Independence Day.

Presidential pardon was granted according to the powers bestowed to the president by Article 34 of the Constitution and on the recommendation of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Issuing a statement President’s media division said.  

512 prisoners who have been convicted for minor offences under the Penal Code, have been granted Presidential pardon and were released from prisons around the island.

The statement further mentioned that pardon would apply only to those prisoners who were in remand from 31 January this year and it will be in effect from this morning.


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