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Presidential Pardon for 444 minor offence prisoners

UPDATE: The government will grant a Presidential Pardon to 444 inmates including 18 women sentenced to jail for various minor offences, the Prisons Department announced.

The decision to award a Presidential pardon was done to minimise congestion and overcrowding in prisons, Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya said.

Many of those who were released were serving jail time at the Welikada Prison in Colombo.Yesterday 40 male prisoners and 4 female prisoners were released from the Welikada prison. A total of 53 prisoners from Pallekelle prison, 35 from Kuruvita, 30 from Mahara and 28 from the Anuradhapura prison were also released. Some of those inmates who were released were individuals who were unable to pay fines. However, no inmates serving jail time for grave crimes or serious offenses were discharged, Upuldeniya asserted.


Presidential pardon for 444 inmates-Time:19:20

The government has taken steps to grant presidential pardon to 444 inmates including 18 women who were sentenced to jail for various minor offences, the Department of Prisons announced. The decision to award presidential pardon was done to minimize congestion and overcrowding in prisons, the Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya had stated.


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