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If you’ve missed it, the President is trying to impeach the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But all those titles are just confusing. What’s really happening is that the King’s brother wanted control over money for the serfs. But those serfs belonged to more provincial lords, as per the Magna Carta as it were. A Judge said so, and for crossing the royal family she was pilloried and the show Parliament insulted and threw fruit at her. Or, to put it another way, Basil Rajapaksa didn’t get what he wanted and so the whole authority of the judiciary has to go. Because they’ve really put things in a bad place.
Right now the Court Of Appeal has rightly quashed the less than Kangaroo trial of the CJ conducted by select boors from Parliament. That sham trial had no procedures, no actual legal points and consisted largely of rumor and grown men acting exceedingly rude.
However, the vote on impeachment is scheduled to go ahead on January 11th. Which means, despite the case against her being thoroughly discredited, Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake will probably still be impeached. Which is a bummer, but not necessarily a surprise.
The Rajapaksas, however, in their willfulness are doing serious damage to the government as a whole. As former ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka said:
Those who rightly decry unfairness in the accusations and indictments of the Sri Lankan authorities by international bodies must not be so hypocritical as to practice blatant unfairness in domestic processes…
Today there is a dangerous disequilibrium between two pillars of the state and the third and a consequent polarization in the polity. If the parliament does not accept the rulings of the court on matters of legality and constitutionality, who then decides on what is legal? How then to avoid a situation in which the very legality of parliament and the legislation that issues from it, are called into question? (mirror.lk)
Right now the Parliament is just doing the President’s bidding. Many of them didn’t even read the initial complaint. In the process they are going now directly against the Judiciary. All because someone in the royal family didn’t get what he wanted. Honestly, the Rajapaksas are like children smashing their toys if they don’t get what they want, except their toys are national airlines and, like, the legal system of Sri Lanka.