Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
20 Aug, 2020 | 1:06 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): The Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons have jointly forwarded a list of 902 prisoners eligible for a presidential pardon to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for approval.
Accordingly, a group of inmates imprisoned for minor offenses is due to be released with the approval of the President.
The Head of State recently appointed a committee to look into the pardoning of prisoners and detainees; with the aim of reducing the congestion inside prison complexes and minimizing the threat of spreading COVID-19.
The committee is chaired by President’s Counsel – Kalinga Indatissa.
The other members of the committee are Director-General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat – Hariguptha Rohanadheera, President’s Counsel – Shavindra Fernando, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Justice – Piyumanthi Peiris, Attorney-at-Law – Kaushalya Nawaratne, Commissioner-General of Prisons – Thushara Upuldeniya and Menaka Arangana.
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