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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...more

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
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A man rides his bicycle past the celebrations of supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial...more

A man rides his bicycle past the celebrations of supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Lawyers hang a black cloth 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...more

Lawyers hang a black cloth 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
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A lawyer looks on while wearing a black strap 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...more

A lawyer looks on while wearing a black strap 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
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Lawyers stand in front of the Supreme Court as they wear black clothes to protest against the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke 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...more

Lawyers stand in front of the Supreme Court as they wear black clothes to protest against the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke 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
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Lawyers wear black cloths 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...more

Lawyers wear black cloths 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
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Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse protest in front of the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake's official residence after parliament voted to impeach her in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a...more

Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse protest in front of the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake's official residence after parliament voted to impeach her in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrate after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a...more

Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrate after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrates after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a...more

Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrates after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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A supporter of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrates after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a...more

A supporter of Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse celebrates after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake in front of her official residence in Colombo January 11, 2013. Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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