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Sri Lankan parliament votes to impeach chief justice


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Lawyers wear black cloths across their faces to protest against the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke at the Supreme Court's premises in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lankan lawyers boycotted courts on Thursday in protest at government attempts to fire the country's most senior judge, which they branded an attack on judicial independence. The United States, the United Nations and the Commonwealth have also raised concerns that the move to impeach Bandaranayake, on charges including financial irregularities and failure to declare assets, threatens the independence of Sri Lanka's courts. The Supreme Court has declared the impeachment attempt illegal. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte