May 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday granted presidential pardon to 762 inmates serving time for minor offences in the island's jails on the occasion of Vesak Poya Day.
The ceremony granting pardon for the prisoners was held at the Welikada Prison Grounds this morning under the patronage of the President.
This year, 736 male prisoners and 26 female prisoners were released under the Presidential Pardon.
Accordingly, 117 inmates of the Welikada Prison, 62 inmates from the Pallekele Open Prison, 55 from the Mahara prison, 50 from Anuradhapura prison, 53 inmates from the Pallansena prison and inmates from 30 other prisons island wide received Presidential Pardon.
The Presidential Pardon for the inmates is granted under Article 34 of the Constitution. Prisoners who have been convicted for minor offences under the Penal Code will be granted Presidential pardon. Inmates convicted of severe crimes such as rape, crimes against children and drug offences will not be pardoned.