President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted a General Amnesty for 512 prisoners to mark the Independence Day, which falls today.
The amnesty has been granted in accordance with the powers vested in the President by Article 34 of the Constitution and on the recommendation of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.
Those who will be released have been serving jail terms after being convicted for minor offences such as theft, breach of trust and drunk driving. No one imprisoned on conviction for major offences such as rape, robbery, grave sexual abuse and soliciting bribe is in the list.
The amnesty will apply only to those prisoners who were actually in prison on January 31 this year.
The effective date of release is February 4.