Home / News/ Over 29,000 prisoners released on Special Presidential Pardon in past 10 years

Over 29,000 prisoners released on Special Presidential Pardon in past 10 years

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

During the last 10 years, 29,309 inmates were released under a Special Presidential Pardon, the Government informed Parliament on Tuesday. 

These prisoners were released to mark Independence Day, International Women’s Day, Prisoners Welfare Day, Wesak Poya, Poson Poya, the Esala Perahera and the arrival of Pope Francis.

Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister and Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka, in response to a question for an oral answer raised by an Opposition lawmaker, said: “These prisoners are released on special terms and agreements. However, no prisoners connected to rape and child abuse were released. However, one prisoner who was serving a sentence for murder was pardoned in 2010.”

Questioning the rationale behind selecting prisoners for a Special Presidential Pardon, Opposition lawmaker Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said: “The female prisoner who was pardoned in 2010 was serving a life sentence for killing two women. She is none other than a wife of a former Minister. The Special Presidential Pardon is for a pardon in the event some unfair occurrences took place during the court proceedings.”

In response, former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said: “The President doesn’t pardon all who are serving sentences for serious crimes. This list is prepared by a special committee comprising state officers and a retired Supreme Court judge. This was the procedure followed in the past.” (AH)


Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

Columnists More