President directs to explore possibility of releasing prisoners charged with minor offences

24 March 2020 06:55 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the legal experts and the Department of Prisons to look into ways of granting some relief to the prisoners who were charged with minor offences and those who are unable to meet their bail conditions, the President's Media Division said. The President has issued these instructions during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today with the members of the committee appointed to make recommendations on the possibility of providing legal redress for the prisoners who had committed minor offences. Steps were taken to provide relief to the inmates following an inspection tour by the President at an earlier occasion, the PMD said. The Committee is scheduled to meet the President again on March 26 to submit their recommendations on granting legal reliefs for inmates who are currently unable to pay fines or pay for bail money or produce personal bail. The Committee of Lawyers consisting of officials of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the Department of Prisons, Commissioner General of Prisons Jayasiri Tennakoon, Director General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat, Hariguptha Rohanadheera, Deputy Commissioner of Prisons, Venura Gunawardhana, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, Secretary Kaushalya Navaratne, President's Counsel Shavendra Silva and Attorney Susara Dinal also participated in the meeting.

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  • Buddhist Tuesday, 24 March 2020 10:58 PM

    How many Pohottuwa guys getting out?

    Sammy Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:02 PM

    During and in the aftermath of the curfew they will go back to their crimes.

    Chris De Silva Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:58 PM

    Is Duminda in the list??

    Raj Wednesday, 25 March 2020 01:03 AM

    Punishment for minor crimes should be community service. Like cleaning beaches, roads parks etc. Sending them to prison is a burden for government!

    Prem Nalin Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:17 AM

    Yes, Down to earth decision!

    Nimal Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:43 AM

    Make sure you don't release Dumiya...he is not there for a minor offense

    K.L Pathirana Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:35 AM

    Entire country is at a grave situation, our president has identified the top priorities in a list, No: 1 is Prisoner release. Intelligent prisoners will spend more time in prison, they're safer in prison than coming out in a public area that is infested with corona.

    Jude Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:17 AM

    Hey Duminda Silva, here's your chance !!??

    Jude Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:22 AM

    Okay, Duminda Silva!! All YOU have to prove that, you committed a minor offence!! Yeah, you were just a bysander !!??

    Corona Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:55 AM

    To catch the virus?

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:21 AM

    These minor offense prisoners are probably better off where they are, at least in self isolation. Releasing them is asking for trouble because those responsible will have to start looking for more quarantine centers.

    vithura Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:05 PM

    So, how minor should that be then, shall we say a loot of a few million dollars

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:45 PM


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