Committee appointed to recommend pardon for inmates sentenced for minor crimes

Committee appointed to recommend pardon for inmates sentenced for minor crimes

Committee appointed to recommend pardon for inmates sentenced for minor crimes

Written by Zulfick Farzan

20 Jul, 2020 | 2:26 pm

Colombo (News 1st); A seven-member committee was appointed to look into the possibility of granting pardon to prisoners and inmates under the instructions of the President.

The committee is chaired by President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa.

The committee comprises of Director General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat – Harigupta Rohanadeera, President’s Counsel – Shavendra Fernando, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Justice – Piyumanthi Peiris, Attorney-at-law Kaushalya Jayarathne and Commissioner General of Prisons – Thushara Upuldeniya.

26,000 individuals are currently placed in remand, at prisons across the island.

However, Director-General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat – Harigupta Rohanadeera pointed out the entire prison system can only accommodate 15,000 prisoners.

As a result of this, a decision was reached to pardon inmates involved in minor offenses in an effort to reduce congestion in prisons.

He added a report containing information regarding 1000 such inmates has already been handed over to the committee by the Commissioner-General of Prisons

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