The U.S State Department has raised concerns over the actions taken to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

U.S State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, on Friday, said that the U.S also noted with concern recent threats to Sri Lankan judicial officials, including the assault last month on a judge who had publicly criticized government pressure on members of the judiciary.

“We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to avoid any action that would impede the efficacy and independence of Sri Lanka’s judiciary. The United States, along with our partners in the international community, continues to urge Sri Lanka to address outstanding issues of the rule of law, democratic governance, accountability and reconciliation,” Nuland said.

The U.S also raised concerns during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva last week over moves to impeach the Chief Justice.

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