A senior Prisons Board of Review member said yesterday that recommendations regarding the pardon for jailed UNP heavyweight S.B. Dissanayake could be given by next Tuesday.
Under section 14 of the Prevention of Crimes Act, if a person committed to prison serves two-thirds of his/her sentence in good conduct, he/she has the right to be pardoned. However, he/she has to spend the balance period of the sentence under supervision of prison authorities.
Accordingly, Welikada Prisons Superintendent Lakshman Silva had forwarded names of 20 prisoners, including that of Mr. Dissanayake to the Review Board Chairman Hector S. Yapa.
The release of prisoners will be done by the Prisons Superintendent on receipt of approval from the Justice Ministry, based on the recommendations of the Review Board.