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Supreme Court Justice Prasanna Jayawardena passes away

Supreme Court Justice Prasanna Jayawardena PC passed away this morning in a private hospital in Colombo.

In his illustrious career, Jayawardena served in several positions of importance since being named a President’s Counsel in 2012, including Deputy President of the Sri Lanka Bar Association. He took oaths as a Supreme Court justice in June 2016.

Jayawardena rose to particular prominence in 2017 when, as a member of the three-member Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the alleged bond scam, his witticisms and sharply critical pronouncements received much media attention.

Jayawardena also served as a visiting lecturer in Commerical Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo.

He was at 63 at the time of his death.

Following reports of his passing, legal professionals took to Twitter to express their condolences.

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