Sri Lanka Supreme Court hears Rajapaksa appeal against interim order

ECONOMYNEXT – A three-member bench of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa against an interim court order barring him from acting as Prime Minister.

The petitioners had requested a seven member bench, raising concerns about the impartiality of controversial Justice Eva Wanasundera who has been quoted in a newspaper in 2014 saying that she has a close friendship with Rajapaksa.

A three judge bench made up of justices Eva Wanasundera, Buvenaka Aluvihare and Vijith Kumara Malalgoda took up the appeal Friday.

Counsel for Rajapaksa presented arguments saying the interim Appeal Court order made no sense and was illogical and questioning whether a no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa in parliament was actually carried through.

The court hearing, to decide whether to grant Rajapaksa special leave to appeal against the interim order, will be resumed after a break for lunch.
(COLOMBO, 14 December 2018)

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