President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given the approval to release on bail 2,961 prisoners on the recommendation of the Special Committee. They were released on March 17 from today(04 April). When President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the prison premises on 10 February 2020 this committee was appointed to provide relief at the request of the inmates.
The committee comprising representatives of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons, on my advice, presented the observations to the Secretary to the President on the relief of the detainees
Those who cannot pay fines, are not granted bail conditions, are incarcerated for minor offenses and have spent the greater part of their sentence in prison, have been in prison for a long time Attorney-at-Law, the President’s Director General of Legal Affairs, Harigupta Rohanadeera said.