661 have been granted Presidential pardon to mark Vesak celebrations this year. Of the 661 prisoners, 597 were released yesterday, while the remaining 64 prisoners who had been convicted of more than one crime, received pardon for one of their crimes.
592 of them were males and five were females. They had been convicted of minor offenses such as inability to pay a fine or caught for brewing illicit liquor. Reports say that Welikada released 29, Bogambara 18, Mahara 62, Kuruwita 71, Negombo 51, Batticaloa 8, Jaffna 04 etc.