List of 902 prisoners eligible for presidential pardon submitted to President

List of 902 prisoners eligible for presidential pardon submitted to President

List of 902 prisoners eligible for presidential pardon submitted to President

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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