By Indika Sri Aravinda
Over 1400 remand prisoners jailed for minor offences are to be set free, the Prisons Department said today.
Commissioner General of Prisons T.M. Jayasiri Vijayanath Tennakoon told the Colombo Gazette that the remand prisoners are being freed to reduce the congestion in the prisons.
He said that with the spread of the coronavirus there were concerns over the congestion in the prisons.
As a result it was decided to free 1460 remand prisoners from a number of prisons around the country. (Colombo Gazette)