Two men linked to a bomb attack on former president Chandrika Kumaratunga 22 years ago are among the eight LTTE convicts awaiting a presidential pardon, reliable sources say.

Kumaratunga, who has been consulted over the matter, has strongly approved of the two being pardoned.

She lost one eye in the bombing at Colombo Town Hall grounds on December 18, 1999.

Additional commissioner general of prisons Chandana Ekanayake said the president would pardon the eight LTTE convicts as per the powers vested in him under Article 34 of the Constitution.

Accordingly, four of them housed at the Magazine Prison and two others will be released after cases filed against them before the Court of Appeal are withdrawn.

The attorney general has been consulted for necessary instructions to release the remaining two after the completion of their rehabilitation.



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