Shirani Bandaranayake

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

Briefs, January 12, 2013

Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Rajapakse celebrate after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Bandaranayake in front of her official residence. Photo: Reuters

The government yesterday lifted a ban on a satirical film deemed "offensive" to the Indian community, but said producers would have to edit some portions and show it only to adults.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am

Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake walks out on trial

Sri Lankan activists staged a protest against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. Photo: AFP

Sri Lankan Chief Justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of her impeachment hearing before lawmakers yesterday after complaining that she was not being given a fair trial, legal and parliamentary sources said.

7 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

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

Sri Lankans protest move to impeach chief justice

Sri Lankan lawyers and opposition activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in Colombo on Monday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Sri Lankans marched on Monday to demand the government halt a plan to impeach the country’s chief justice and condemning what they say is intimidation of the judiciary.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:22pm

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