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UK Bar Council condemns Chief Justice impeachment

The UK Bar Council, a representation of barristers across England and Wales, condemned the impeachment of the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, in a statement released on Tuesday.

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"The Bar Council of England and Wales is extremely concerned about the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake, which we believe constitutes a grave threat to the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka and to the Rule of Law."

"The Bar Council condemns this action and seeks to offer its vocal support for judges and lawyers across Sri Lanka."

"The Rule of Law is essential to any functioning and democratic society, to ensure that its most vulnerable can enjoy effective access to justice."

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