Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda Rajapakse sacks Sri Lanka's first woman top judge

Shirani Bandaranayake

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has sacked the chief justice by ratifying a controversial parliamentary vote, defying international calls for restraint and plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.

Monday, 14 January, 2013, 4:16am

Sri Lanka taxi drivers support removal of top judge

Sri Lankan rickshaw drivers travel past The Town Hall in Colombo on Friday in one of the biggest public displays of protest against the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake who is facing impeachment. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of rickshaw drivers choked the capital demanding the sacking of Sri Lanka’s chief justice in a protest organised by a pro-government group on Friday as the supreme court debated the legality of moves to impeach her.

30 Nov 2012 - 6:39pm

Amnesty accuses Sri Lanka of targeting judges

Members of the Sri Lankan delegation attend a periodic review of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka before the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Friday accused the Sri Lankan government of cracking down on the judiciary, a day after ruling party lawmakers moved to impeach the country’s top judge.

2 Nov 2012 - 4:40pm

Sri Lanka ruling party moves to impeach top judge

President Mahinda Rajapakse (left) presenting a letter of appointment to Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first woman chief justice. Photo: AFP

Ruling party lawmakers submitted a motion to impeach Sri Lanka’s most senior judge on Thursday as President Mahinda Rajapakse moved to crush another of his former allies after vanquishing Tamil rebels.

1 Nov 2012 - 8:17pm