284 Sinhala prisoners who had committed offences are to be pardoned by President Maithripala Sirisena. Interestingly non of them are Tamils from North.
Maithiri who won the election 5 years ago promised equal rights to minority Tamils if he was elected has the president. But to date he has firmly refused to release the Tamil political prisoners in custody
Once the President had given his approval to grant amnesty, these prisoners would be released.
These convicts were selected on the criteria that they had not be charged under 40 serious offenses including theft, murder, sexual assault, child abuse and narcotics peddling. They are all mostly aged above 65 years.