Sri Lanka's opposition withdraw from hearing impeachment charges against chief justice

Sri Lankan opposition lawmakers have withdrawn from a committee looking into impeachment charges against the country's chief justice, saying the process is flawed and unfair.

Lawmaker John Amaratunga told reporters Friday that four opposition lawmakers who sat on the committee walked out because they could not be party to an unfair process.

The opposition walkout comes a day after Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake said she would not be appearing before the committee again because she believes she will not get a fair hearing.

The government has accused Bandaranayake of having unexplained wealth and misuse of office, a charge she has denied. A parliamentary committee with seven government lawmakers and four opposition party members was appointed to look into the charges.