Harim Peiris

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Archive for January 22nd, 2013

Sacking a CJ with minimal domestic political fuss or costs

Posted by harimpeiris on January 22, 2013

Hats off to the Rajapakse regime, the Machiavelli of Medamulane has pulled it off. Sacking a Chief Justice and getting away with it is no easy task and few governments succeed.  The Fijian generals who periodically overthrow that tortured nation’s democratic governments usually follow up by sacking the chief justice, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe has found it necessary to curb an independent judiciary, the list is not long. Now Sri Lanka joins this group, where the government has successfully got rid of a Chief Justice who became in a very limited manner, an inconvenient obstacle to the executive’s wishes.


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