Black day in history of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice impeached

Lawyers Collective | Published on January 12, 2013 at 12:44 am

Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice has been impeached. The whole process was unconstitutional and

Lawyers hung a black flag as a sign of protest against the government’s impeachment bid outside the Colombo court complex.

politically motivated.

Repeatedly institutions, intellectuals, political parties and individuals – at national and international level – requested the Government not to proceed with the impeachment. All such requests were ignored. Even those by religious dignitaries were thrown away. The Highest Court of the land declared that the impeachment was unconstitutional. The Government turned a deaf ear to all this. It proceeded with the impeachment which concluded today.

This experience has tested the conscience of our Nation. It has hurt the very foundation of democracy in Sri Lanka. The damage caused is irremediable.

Our proud judicial history has been tarnished. The ill-advised impeachment mooted by a few politicians was solely to protect their political power.

Hold those responsible for the unconstitutional impeachment accountable. This is our plea to the national and international community.

Lawyers Collective

 


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Lawyers hung a black flag as a sign of protest against the government's impeachment bid outside the Colombo court complex.

Black day in history of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice impeached

Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice has been impeached. The whole process was unconstitutional and Lawyers hung a black flag as a sign of protest against the government’s ...