The Department of Prisons yesterday (15) released 244 inmates, under a presidential amnesty, to coincide with the Vesak festival.
A number of inmates who have been imprisoned for minor offences, those who have completed half their sentence, those who have served 40 years or more and those whose sentence were reduced were released.
Prisons Commissioner Chandana Ekanayake said a select group of prisoners were released from prisons islandwide on account of good behaviour.
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BY Thameenah Razeek