call to reinstate Judge de Abrew
monthly meeting of the Bar Council yesterday took up
the view that Appeal Court Judge Sarath de Abrew
should be reinstated to resume duties on the Bench
as he had been exonerated by independent probes by
the Child Protection Authority, the CID and the
Attorney Generalís Department.
Secretary of the Colombo Law Society, Lakshman
Amerasinghe told The Nation that the matter was
raised by S. Thangarajah and Y. S. de Silva of the
Kalutara Bar who made representations in support of
Justice de Abrew was removed from the bench last
September following certain newspaper articles about
the alleged sexual abuse of a domestic aid, but
investigations had revealed that they were trumped
According to Amerasinghe, yesterdayís monthly
meeting was attended by about 175 delegates from Bar
Association branches countrywide.
They were also to take up the UN Secretary Generalís
controversial advisory panel report, but it was put
off for May 7 as the required seven days notice had
not been given, said Amerasinghe.