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* Sri Lankan lawyers to stage protests tomorrow against impeachment debate
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 11:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 09, Colombo: The Lawyers Collective of Sri Lanka plans to hold protest march on Thursday (January 10) to demand the government and parliament to accept the court's rulings that said the report of the parliamentary select committee (PSC) against the Chief Justice null and void.

The protest march is scheduled to start from Hulftsdorp Court Complex at 10 a.m. on January 10 to coincide with the impeachment debate in parliament.

Sri Lanka parliament Tuesday decided to debate the impeachment report against the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake on Thursday January 10 from 1.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Friday January 11 from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

The Lawyers' Collective held a press conference Tuesday and invited all political parties, civil organizations, religious groups and individuals to take part in the protest march to force the government to avert the impending constitutional crisis that would put the country into anarchy.

Meanwhile, Matara Lawyers' Association today has decided to boycott courts on the two debate days to protest the government's decision to continue with debate disregarding the Appellate Court order issued on January 07 invalidating the report of the PSC.

They have also demanded to take action against Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva and former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva for making statements contempt of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, Sunday Times reported.

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