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May 26, 2021

260 prisoners pardoned in view of Vesak poya day

The prison department has taken steps to free 280 prisoners including 53 who were serving life-sentences in view of Vesak Poya Day.

However, 260 were freed today as the balance 20 are facing other cases in the judiciary.

However, the prison chief said those who were sentenced for organised crimes, underworld activities, rapes and narcotic drugs were not among those pardoned.

The 53 prisoners who were serving life sentences have by now completed 25 years in prison.