Over 280 prisoners to be pardoned by President

Some 284 prisoners who had committed minor offences are to be pardoned by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Once the President had given his approval to grant amnesty, these prisoners would be released.

These convicts were selected on the criteria that they had not be charged under 40 serious offenses including theft, murder, sexual assault, child abuse and narcotics peddling.

They are all mostly aged above 65 years.