Politics of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka replaces impeached chief justice

Sri Lanka’s former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, centre, leaves the Supreme Court complex to face impeachment proceedings in Colombo last year. Photo: AP

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominated the government’s senior legal advisor Mohan Peiris as a replacement for the impeached chief justice, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 1:10pm

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.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Sri Lanka begins impeachment of chief justice

Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake smiles as she leaves the parliamentary complex in Colombo on November 23, 2012. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka’s parliament Friday began an impeachment hearing against the country’s chief justice, defying a Supreme Court request for a suspension of proceedings.

Shirani Bandaranayake, the first woman to be Sri Lanka’s top judge, went before a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for the first time to answer allegations of financial and official misconduct, sources said.

24 Nov 2012 - 6:41pm

Graft, misconduct charges against Sri Lanka's chief justice

Shirani Bandaranayake "will not back down", says her son. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka's ruling party has accused the country's chief justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, of 14 counts of financial corruption and misconduct in an impeachment motion, setting the stage for a potentially destabilising clash between the government and judiciary.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am

Sri Lanka must probe war crime allegations

Three decades of armed violence between the Sri Lankan armed forces and a separatist terrorist group, the Tamil Tigers, came to a conclusive end in May 2009. The Tigers were comprehensively defeated.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A case for decency amid the Sri Lankan mayhem

Sri Lanka's military is on the verge of defeating Tamil rebels, but peace will not come easily unless safety is assured for civilians caught up in the fighting. Both sides must stop shelling hospitals and shelters. People being held against their will by the separatists have to be freed. Guns must fall silent so that this can happen.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Life after the tigers

Sri Lanka's government reckons it is at the end game of its fight with separatist rebels from the Tamil ethnic minority. It would outwardly seem to be right, given that the military now has the guerillas cornered and outnumbered in a small coastal strip of jungle in the island's northeast.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am

Suffering without end

Sothi Risha was a farmer until he was shelled out of his village north of Batticaloa, a town in eastern Sri Lanka, in March. When he and his wife and four children arrived at a camp for the displaced near the coastal town, he bought a fishing net to help feed his now aid-dependent family.

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Child soldiers in firing line as Sri Lanka's peace unravels

About a year ago eastern Sri Lanka was infused with a hope that hadn't been known for two decades. The shaky ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government brought an uneasy peace and the international aid agencies had moved in to rebuild after the 2004 tsunami.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

UN should not ignore Sri Lankan conflict

For weeks, the talk at the UN Security Council has been about Lebanon, where civilians are overwhelmingly the victims of fighting between the Israeli military and Hezbollah guerillas.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Put the people first and return to peace talks

For months, bombs have gone off and killings returned in Sri Lanka. Yet, even as soldiers have started patrolling the streets of the capital Colombo, the government is maintaining that war against the Tamil Tiger rebels has not broken out. That is all for the sake of not scaring off foreign businesses and billions of dollars in foreign aid, which flows on the condition that peace will hold.

1 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Sri Lanka truce monitors to hold crisis talks

Updated at 12.56pm: Sri Lankan peace broker Norway goes into crisis talks on Thursday to try to salvage the island's faltering ceasefire, after the assassination of a top army general underscored the threat of renewed war.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

No effort must be spared to stop a return to killing

Sri Lanka is on the brink of a return to civil war. Only some very cool heads can stop government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels carrying out tit-for-tat attacks. There does not seem to be the will for that on either side, but for the sake of Sri Lankans they must at the very least observe the fragile ceasefire that has held for the past four years.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Path to peace

When Sri Lankan government officials and representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam begin talks in Thailand today, almost two decades of animosity will be on the table.

Years, not days, of meetings lie ahead to resolve the dispute over territory and the tens of thousands of killings which have led to deep divisions in Sri Lankan society.

16 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Real chance to grasp peace

Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister may well be right to describe the Tamil Tigers' surprise announcement of a ceasefire as a 'gimmick'; but, if it fails to respond positively, his government will let slip the best opportunity to resolve the bloody conflict since 1995, when the last peace talks broke down.

24 Dec 2000 - 12:00am