The Prisons Department has forwarded a list  of 232 names of prisoners to  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recommending them for release to coincide with the upcoming Vesak festival.

The list includes persons who are in jail for minor offences including non-payment of fines, taxes, and bribery.

The amnesty will also cover other offences,for persons over 65 years and have already served 10 years of their total prison sentence.

The COVID-19 threat last month led to the release of around 2900 prisoners  from remand prisons countrywide,  to reduce congestion  in prisons.