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President Pardons Over 1,000 Prisoners

Sep 12, 2010 5:44:03 AM - thesundayleader.lk

A common pardon was issued by President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (12) to 1,312 prisoners including 37 females to mark Prisoners’ Welfare Day.

Commissioner General of Prisons, Major General V.R. de Silva has said the group of prisoners who were pardoned were from prisons island-wide serving varying lengths of imprisonment for various offences.

A majority of inmates who were released were reportedly in prison for being unable to pay fines imposed on them by the courts and inmates who are more than 70 years old.