04 Feb '12, 10am

Sri Lanka frees 1,400 prisoners on freedom day

Sri Lanka frees 1,400 prisoners on freedom day

A group of Sri Lankan prisoners exit from a prison complex after being released during Independence day in Colombo on Feb 4, 2012. Sri Lanka freed 1,414 convicts to mark the country's 64th anniversary of independence from Britain, prisons official said. -- PHOTO: AFP COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka freed 1,414 convicts on Saturday to mark the country's 64th anniversary of independence from Britain, a prisons official said. President Mahinda Rajapakse granted an amnesty to convicts serving light sentences, but Sri Lanka's most high-profile prisoner, former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, was not among those released. There had been intense local media speculation that Mr Rajapakse may use the Independence anniversary to pardon his rival. Fonseka was arrested two weeks after he lost presidential polls to Mr Rajapakse in January 2010 and is currently ...

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Sri Lanka frees 1,400 prisoners on freedom day

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