Sri Lanka mulls releasing prisoners in Coronavirus battle

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a committee to look into way to release people who have been jailed over minor offenses and those who could not provide bail, his office said.

“President issued these instructions during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today (24) with the members of the committee appointed to make recommendations on the possibility of providing legal redress for the prisoners who had committed minor offences,” the Presidents media office said.

Prisoners in Anuradhapura, in North Central Sri Lanka rioted, leaving two dead and over two dozen wounded.

Prisoners, inmates of nursing home and hospices have been among the most vulnerable to Coronavirus in some countries.

The committee is made up of representatives of the Sri Lanka Bar Association and Department of Prisons.

The Committee of Lawyers consists of officials of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the Department of Prisons.

The President had met the Commissioner General of Prisons Jayasiri Tennakoon, Deputy Commissioner Venura Gunawardhana, BASL Kalinga Indatissa, Secretary Kaushalya Navaratne, Director General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat, Hariguptha Rohanadheera President’s Counsel Shavendra Silva and Attorney Susara Dinal. (Colombo/Mar24/2020)