The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister has appointed a three-member committee to recommend the commutation to life sentences of 400 convicts who are on death row.
The committee has also been asked to examine which of the 400 convicts on death row should be pardoned and released.
The Committee is headed by retired High Court Judge Hector Yapa and it has been asked to submit it report at the earliest, after examining the possibilities of granting a pardon to most of the convicts who have served many years in prison.
Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera has said that once he receives the recommendations, and after consulting with the President, he would submit a Cabinet paper to implement the recommendations.