Convict Exchange

Sri Lanka and Lebanon are in talks for a prisoner swap so that the convicted of both countries can be tried on home ground. Sri Lanka and Lebanon are in talks for a prisoner swap so that the convicted of both countries can be tried on home ground.

As at right now, there are no Lebanese prisoners in local jails, but Sri Lanka’s track record isn’t that great, with crimes ranging from shoplifting to murder.

There are 172 Sri Lankans in Lebanese jails, three convicted for manslaughter and 383 more under investigation.

“Though there are no Lebanese prisoners here, there has to be a mutual agreement, so that exchange is possible as and when needed,” Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, K. Hettiarchchi said Wednesday.

“They will carry out the sentence here so that they will be closer to their family. Lebanon will do it because it also eases the burden on their jails.”

Though agreed in principle, the policy will have to be ratified in the respective Parliaments before it can take effect.

One of the bigger destinations for migrant workers, there are about 60,000 legally registered Sri Lanka