Prisons Department writes to Ministry

20 May 2011 02:13 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Prisons Department has prepared and a sent a report regarding prisoners on death row at the Welikada prison to the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms.

The Department said that several such prisoners have been engaged in a protest since Wednesday, demanding that their sentences be amended in line with the 2600th Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthiya.

Prisoners who are currently engaged in a hunger strike are those who have been sentenced to life in prison and who are on death row. 

However according to prison officials these prisoners have been sentenced by court and the power to free them is with the President but not with the Prisons Commissioner General.

The prisoners are still engaged in their protest. At least 224 remand prisoners sentenced to death at the Welikada prison launched a hunger strike on Thursday morning, urging authorities to release them under a common pardon or to carry out their death sentence.

  Comments - 6

  • Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 21 May 2011 08:03 AM

    But there have been precidents of the President issuing pardons for double-murderers as well to mark some Day or other!

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Saturday, 21 May 2011 08:50 AM

    Yes, just shoot them, we have had enough of murderes floating about for 30 years.

    Silva Friday, 20 May 2011 04:19 PM

    Egg or the Chicken..... Case now.... Sad Case,,, You are to Die by law for various Crimes commited ( Actualy or Innocent Framed or the situation ). But have no idea when to die..

    Is it a kind of HR vilolaiton ( Mental Agony )..

    dilan Saturday, 21 May 2011 02:49 AM

    Should carry out their death sentence....The people are dangerous killlers..How dare they protest...

    Gongale Saturday, 21 May 2011 12:02 PM

    When they receive the death sentence for varied crimes against humanity, they have no rights. Please hang them all and send their body parts for deserved patients.

    tharanga Semasinghe Friday, 20 May 2011 02:47 PM

    Persons who did crimes should serve their imprisonment. Other wise no point imposing punishments against criminals. Unnecessarily giving them a pardon is underestimating the Justice. No help guys

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