Jan 13, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ‘Black Friday Impeachment’ of the chief justice will mark a new chapter in illiberal democracy where parliamentary majorities are abused to rob liberties of citizens, a legislator has warned. “The Black Friday impeachment is another shameful day in the history of our country,” opposition legislator Harsha de Silva said in a statement.
“The absolute majority in parliament obtained through dubious means has been used once again by this government to deny justice to the chief justice of our country and undermine the independence of the judiciary.
“It is not a black day just for the judiciary. It is a black day for every single citizen of this country.
“In undermining the judiciary and the rule of law, the freedom and liberties that citizens of this country are born with, have been robbed through the tyranny of the parliamentary majority.”
“Consequences of the Black Friday Impeachment will certainly be significant and game changing.”
De Silva was one of the most vocal critics of a expropriation legislation enacted last year to violate property rights of both citizens and foreign investors to existing constitutional guarantees.
The flawed legislation trespassed