The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

Sri Lankan judges on strike over stabbing


COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan judges went on a strike on Monday in an protest over the stabbing of a senior colleague that has heightened tensions between the government and the judiciary.

The Judges Association said all courts were closed one day after four armed men assaulted Manjula Tilakaratne, a High Court judge and head of the independent Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

"We refrained from work as part of our protest against the attack," Mr Pradeep Jayatillake, secretary of the Judges Association, said.

Mr Tilakaratne was recovering in hospital after being stabbed at least three times in a Colombo suburb. His mobile phone was also stolen.