Sri Lankan President Appoints His Man As Chief Justice After Ousting Opponent


COLOMBO – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today appointed his Cabinet’s legal adviser as the country’s new Chief Justice to succeed Shirani Bandaranayake, whose impeachment created much furore both inside and outside the nation.

Rajapaksa sworn in new Mohan Peiris to replace Sri Lanka’s first woman Chief Justice who was impeached by Parliament in a controversial move.

Peiris, a British qualified solicitor who retired in 2011 as the Attorney General, was serving as the legal adviser to the Cabinet. He is being seen as a favourite of the government.

Peiris has lobbied for Sri Lanka during the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council in recent years. He is also supervising the implementations of recommendations by Sri Lanka’s post war reconciliation commission.