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Sri Lanka chief justice walks out of impeachment hearing

Published on Dec 6, 2012 9:49 PM
Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake arrives at the parliamentary complex in Colombo on Dec 4, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of her impeachment hearing before lawmakers on Thursday after complaining she was not being given a fair trial, legal and parliamentary sources said.

The impeachment of Ms Bandaranayake, the country's first female chief justice, came after she scuppered a bill that would have given more powers to President Mahinda Rajapakse's younger brother Basil, who is economic development minister.

"The chief justice and her team of lawyers walked out of the parliamentary select committee after making a statement that she is not being given a fair hearing," a lawyer close to the process told AFP.

"She will not attend future hearings."

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