Published January 13, 2013
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's president has signed a decree to dismiss the country's chief justice after Parliament voted overwhelmingly for her removal in a widely criticized impeachment process.
The official government website says President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed the decree Sunday. It was the final step to dismiss Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake following a bitter dispute with the judiciary.
Jurists and activists have said the impeachment was illegal and that any attempt to appoint a new chief justice could precipitate a constitutional crisis.
A parliamentary committee last month found Bandaranayake guilty of unexplained wealth and misuse of power. Bandaranayake walked out of the proceeding, saying she was not given a fair hearing.