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* Sri Lanka government closes the maximum security prison in World Heritage city
Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 10:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Kandy: The Sri Lankan government has decided to permanently close the country's oldest and the second largest prison established by the British colonial rulers in the 19th century.

The 13-acre land of the Bogambara Prison situated in the center of the world heritage city of Kandy in Central Province is to be used for commercial purposes.

The maximum security prison which once was used to house the serious offenders and the prisoners in death row will be closed permanently for prisoners from 01 January 2014.

The prison, which has gallows, is one of the two prisons in Sri Lanka where the death penalty was implemented.

The inmates currently at the Bogambara Prison will be transferred to other prisons in the country.

Sri Lanka Prisons Department few months ago closed the Bogambara remand prison which was situated in a mansion of an ancient nobleman of Kandy kingdom aiming to conserve the historic building.

Prison relocation is a part of the government's plan to expand the prison network in the country and offer the inmates decent conditions according to international guidelines to serve their jail terms.

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