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Sri Lanka court stops impeachment of top judge

Published on Jan 7, 2013 9:42 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal on Monday ordered parliament to drop its impeachment of the country's top judge, amid international concern for judicial independence on the island.

The court issued an order quashing a report by ruling party lawmakers who found Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake guilty of financial and professional misconduct over a month ago.

"The court granted the writ sought by the chief justice (against parliament)," a court official told reporters outside a packed courthouse.

"This means parliament cannot legally proceed with the impeachment."

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