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* Sri Lanka President to pardon over 500 prisoners on the occasion of National Day
Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 09:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena will pardon over 500 prisoners serving time for minor offences on the occasion of the 71st National Day.

Media Spokesman of the Prison and Prison Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya said 545 prisoners who have been convicted for minor offences under the Penal Code will be granted Presidential pardon on the recommendation of the Ministry of Prisons Reforms.

Prison media spokesman said that inmates from 29 prisons in the country including 41 prisoners from Welikada Prison, 46 from Anuradhapura prison, and 36 from Pallekele Prison will be released.

Responding to a query made by Lankadeepa whether the controversial Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero will be pardoned by the President, the spokesman said no action has been taken regarding the release of Gnanasara Thero.


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