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Presidential pardon for 512 prisoners

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conceded presidential pardon for 512 prisoners marking the 72nd Independence Day yesterday.

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

The Presidential pardon was granted only for the prisoners who had minor offences such as theft, breach of trust and drunk driving. Prisoners who were convicted on major offences such as rape, robbery, grave sexual abuse and soliciting bribes were not included in the list, the statement said.

The pardon would apply only to those prisoners who were in remand from January 31 this year and will be effective from yesterday morning (4)

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