The Straits Times
Published on Dec 07, 2012

Sri Lanka judge impeachment process in disarray


COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan opposition lawmakers walked out of an impeachment hearing of the country's top judge on Friday, leaving the process in disarray amid allegations the chief justice had been personally insulted.

Lawyers for Judge Shirani Bandaranayake said she had been called a "mad woman" on Thursday by two government lawmakers on the 11-member parliamentary committee hearing the case, which has been criticised as politically motivated.

"The opposition MPs felt that the government was merely humiliating her and did not have a proper process to try her case and ensure a fair trial," an opposition legislator on the committee, who declined to be named, told AFP. "The opposition will no longer take part in this farce."

On Thursday, Ms Bandaranayake had herself stormed out of the behind-closed-doors hearing in parliament into 14 charges of financial and professional misconduct.