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Sacked Sri Lanka chief justice in court for graft charge

Sri Lanka Monday brought criminal charges of corruption against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake whose sacking earlier this year was internationally criticised as a blow to judicial independence. Bandaranayake, the country's first female head of the judiciary and the first judge to be impeached, was brought before a Colombo magistrate who impounded her passport and scheduled a hearing for February.

Sri Lanka blocks international impeachment probe

Sri Lanka has blocked entry of a London-based group of lawyers who planned to probe the controversial impeachment of the island's chief justice, the International Bar Association said on Saturday. The group expressed "serious concern" over the withdrawal of visas for the Human Rights Institute lawyers, who were due to visit Colombo for 10 days starting Friday. The institute is a branch of the bar association.

U.N. human rights boss slams Sri Lanka over chief justice

GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Sri Lanka of "gross interference" in the judiciary, warning that its removal of the chief justice could jeopardise efforts to prosecute war crimes. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after sacking the previous top judge for impeachment despite opposition from the Supreme Court.
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