The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Sri Lanka lawyers demand quashing of impeachment


COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to declare parliament's impeachment of the chief justice illegal, a legal spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that could trigger a constitutional crisis.

The influential Bar Association representing the country's 11,000 lawyers has petitioned the Supreme Court to rule against the impeachment by a parliamentary panel, the spokesman for the association said.

It was the first time the main professional legal body had united to oppose the move against Ms Shirani Bandaranayake, which has raised international concern that the government is trying to control the judiciary.

A parliamentary committee on Friday held the first day of a closed-door hearing against Ms Bandaranayake, who has said there was not an "iota" of truth in allegations against her.