Sri Lanka president sacks chief justice: official

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday sacked the country's first woman chief justice by ratifying parliament's vote to impeach her, his spokesman said.

"The president this morning signed the letter removing Shirani Bandaranayake from the office of chief justice," Mohan Samaranayake told AFP. "The letter was hand-delivered to her by a secretary accompanied by presidential security staff."

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