Poson freedom for 173 prisoners

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The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms said a total of 173 prisoners are expected to be released on Poson Poya which falls tomorrow (14).

Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs, and Constitutional Reforms Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has recommended that prisoners be released under an amnesty. Accordingly, steps have been taken to release 141 detainees due to the inability to pay fines and another 32 due to the reduction of their incarceration to 14 days.

Welikada Prison will release 23 inmates as a first followed by Kuruwita, Mahara, Negombo, Weerawila, Wariyapola, Bogambara, Anuradhapura, Kalutara, Colombo Magazine Prison, Thaldena, Watareka, Badulla, Matara, and Angunakolapelessa.

Others from prisons in Polonnaruwa, Kegalle, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Pallansena, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Galle, Pallekele, and Trincomalee will be released to fall in line with the required numbers receiving the amnesty.

(TR)