September 17, 2013
by Addison Morris
Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required declaration of assets while she was in office. If ...[read more]
January 18, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern on Friday over the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. In a statement, the official criticized the actions of the lawmakers against Bandaranayake, calling the ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who was removed from office Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her ...[read more]
January 13, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday signed an order to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake from office for alleged corruption and bribery. The president's action comes just two days after the Sri Lankan Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to impeach the chief justice ...[read more]
January 11, 2013
by Addison Morris
The Sri Lankan Parliament voted in an overwhelming majority on Friday to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and drafted an official motion imploring the president to remove her from office. According to the motion, the Chief Justice's actions have "plunged the entire Supreme Court and ...[read more]
January 7, 2013
by Sarah Posner
The Court of Appeals of Sri Lanka on Monday ordered parliament to drop the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, quashing a guilty verdict against her. This decision further fuels the dispute between the legislature and the judiciary, and raises international concern ...[read more]
January 3, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Thursday ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake were unlawful. The court held that the parliamentary committee does not have the authority to investigate or proceed with the impeachment of a senior judge; these tasks are ...[read more]
January 1, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Threats and attacks against judges and lawyers who fight for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka have increased in past few months, according to UN independent expert Gabriela Knaul. The focus of her criticism was the impeachment proceeding against Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani ...[read more]
December 19, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on Wednesday appealed the findings of a parliamentary committee which concluded she was guilty of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake claims she was not given an adequate opportunity to defend herself against the charges. She is asking the ...[read more]
December 8, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Sri Lankan committee appointed to investigate the impeachment charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake announced Saturday that they have found her guilty of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake was found guilty of three of the five charges against her. The first charge was ...[read more]

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