Seven Sri Lankan fishermen who were imprisoned and serving their sentences in Myanmar have been pardoned.
The Foreign Ministry in a statement said the Sri Lankan fishing vessel “Thushan Putha” with seven Sri Lankan fishermen were taken into custody by Myanmar authorities on the 3rd of December 2021 for allegedly encroaching into Myanmar waters.
The skipper of the vessel was then handed a seven-year jail term while the crew were sentenced to five-years in prison.
However, the government of the Myanmar has granted pardon to the Lankan fishermen on humanitarian grounds and in commemoration of the Myanmar Diamond Jubilee Union Day.
The Foreign Ministry with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Myanmar had coordinated and facilitated necessary consular assistance to the fishermen following their detention at a prison in Yangon.
The Ministry said seven fishermen are due to be repatriated on Sunday after completing the mandatory PCR tests.