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State Minister of Prison Reforms Lohan Ratwatte said that the inmates who are currently serving death sentence at prisons, would see their death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

He said about 8,000 inmates who are unable to meet bail formalities would also be released before end of December.

He made these remarks while addressing the media following his visit to the Welikada Prison.

Meanwhile, a protest staged by a group of inmates at the Welikada Prison was called off after a discussion with the Minister.

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  • Sokrates Sunday, 06 December 2020 10:40 AM

    One of the few good decisions from this military regime.

    Lol Sunday, 06 December 2020 10:53 AM

    SIR. WHAT ABOUT YOUR ...... ????? Kandy incident???? Who will give the reward for you??? G O D!!!

    Joshua Sunday, 06 December 2020 11:15 AM

    See who is talking? He should be behind bars. Nonsense from this government

    Amnesty International Sunday, 06 December 2020 11:39 AM

    I admit that I am very surprised. Never thought this was coming. Good move.

    Roger Haĺliday Sunday, 06 December 2020 12:30 PM

    They must be having friends

    Skyhigh Sunday, 06 December 2020 12:34 PM

    And then the prez pardons them. What a state of affairs. First of all this minister himself should be behind bars.

    extra privileged category Sunday, 06 December 2020 12:55 PM

    Why not have by law "LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN PRISON HOSPITAL" (without jumpers- "Jungy"but normal clothes))

    Sunil Sunday, 06 December 2020 02:27 PM

    Hopefully the circumstances in the prisons will improve too. Still they are human beings. For example drug addicts need proper care. Only lock them up and abuse them does not solve anything.

    Kd duminda Sunday, 06 December 2020 02:36 PM

    Duminda aiya innawane ekai oya

    Spider Murphy Monday, 07 December 2020 07:07 AM

    First step towards a Presidential pardon!

    Sambo Monday, 07 December 2020 08:15 AM

    The minister him self should have serving a life time sentence by now.

    Waco Monday, 07 December 2020 08:27 AM

    This man should be behind Bars. A Thug, when the father was the minister.

    VJ Monday, 07 December 2020 09:17 AM

    You have the right credentials to be part of this government.

    Russell C. Chitty Monday, 07 December 2020 01:52 PM

    Rusty -- How can a man with shit on his head speak about death sentences. He himself should have been inside in the first place.


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