Video: Prisoners released in view of Pope’s visit

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A total of 612 prisoners had been released islandwide today to mark the visit of Pope Francis to the country, Prisons Spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said.

“612 inmates -575 males and 37 females-were released from 28 prison institutes in view of Pope Francis’ visit,” he said.

“The inmates do not have to pay fines and seven days have been reduced for every year of imprisonment. Those who were released were minor offenders and those above the age of 75,” he said.

“They would be released under a special Presidential pardon,” he said.

“To mark the release, some prisoners were set free at a function held this morning at the Welikada Prison on the advice of Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakse,” Upuldeniya said. (Chaturaga Pradeep)

Video by Sanath Desmond

Pix by Kushan Pathiraja

  Comments - 4

  • Henry Thursday, 15 January 2015 05:18 AM

    Looks you posses a list of all the prisoners with their offences

    Henry Thursday, 15 January 2015 05:21 AM

    Very Good Gesture! would it also seek accommodation for the political culprits who would be on line shortly!

    Vijith Pieterz Wednesday, 14 January 2015 03:50 PM

    Very good move. Now our New Govt. had gained 612 votes. Jayawewa.... Believe me, these are legal votes.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 14 January 2015 03:53 PM

    These men/women are Political victims of Mahinda Rajapakshe. Now they are the true supporters of MS

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