Sri Lanka releases 2,961 prisoners

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, says he has released 2,961 inmates in the past two weeks as part of an effort to reduce congestion in prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those released include people who had served a major portion of their sentences or were being held in remand for minor offences and had been unable to pay bail, he said in a post on Twitter.

Based on recommendations by expert committee comprising reps from BASL, Min of Justice & Prisons Dept, 2961 prisoners who were in remand for minor offenses & unable to pay bail or had served major portion of their sentence, were released with conditions, over the past 2 weeks

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