25 May, 2022

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Appeal Court Judge Abrew Verbally Abused And Attacked Fellow Judges

Appeal Court Judge Sarath de Abrew caused havoc in Bangalore airport when he verbally abused his colleagues and even attacked one with a bottle of water, while returning home after a judges’ conference.

Sri Lankan newspaper Dailly Mirror reported the story without naming the judge as follows;

A Sri Lankan Appeal Court Judge allegedly caused havoc in an Indian airport when he verbally abused his colleagues and even attacked one with a bottle of water, while returning home after a judges’ conference. The incident was reported to the President, the Daily Mirror learns.

Creating a huge scene at the Business Lounge of the Bangalore and shocking many foreign onlookers the senior judge, had allegedly berated several judges in language that shocked the foreign passengers who heard his profanity. The individual who went on scolding his colleagues both in Sinhala and English for more than 10 minutes had later hit one of them with a water bottle.

The Daily Mirror reliably learns that the affected judge had made a complaint to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the appointing authority of judges through the Chief Justice and also to Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Head of the Judiciary, and the other Supreme Court judges. The newspaper also came to know that the complaint had already reached the President.

The embarrassing incident had taken place when a ten-judge squad comprising Appeal Court Judges from Sri Lanka had participated at a conference held from April 17 to 24. On April 23 night, seven judges including the judge involved in the incident had been dropped of by the organisers at the Bangalore Airport while three others had taken different routes.

As soon as the bus reached the airport, the suspected judge had outrun the others to pick up a trolley but mistakenly left one of his bags behind. Being aware of the nature and temperament of the judge, the others had not touched or taken out the bag. Later, on realizing this he had gone off in verbally abusive parlance at the other judges which ended up in the bottle-attack.

However, it is learnt that none of the judges – including the victim of the bottle-attack – had retaliated in any manner. Yet, considering the massive damage caused to the reputation of the Sri Lankan judges and judiciary at an international public location, he had brought the incident to the President’s notice – By Susitha R. Fernando

Correction: The first version of this story mistakenly named the judge as Justice Sisira de Abrew when it should have been Sarath de Abrew. We apologise to Justice Sisira de Abrew unreservedly for the error.

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    This is not surprising at all. When the Judiciary is headed by a Cheap Justice who replaced the Chief Justice we expected this and more to happen. Further why should a judge report to the President about the incident and not to the Cheap Justice or even Minister of Justice? By the way where is the Cheap Justice, he is not seen anywhere? An acting Cheap Justice was appointed and what happened to the original Cheap Justice? Judiciary in Sri Lanka is going to dogs. I am even surprised that the international Judges forums even send invitation to Sri Lankan judges after condemning the action of the President on the sacking of the Chief Justice.

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      International Judiciary forum is another spineless organization. They can lot for International Judiciary. If they pass the motion will not accept the Sri lanka courts judgments. All over the game.

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      Send a Post Card to the CJ! What a bunch of nit wits we have in the Judiciary today starting with a defacto CJ.

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    Is he a ‘President’s man? I suppose

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      all the culprits representing the cabinet & now lead to Judiciary.

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      batch mate at law college

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      He is the President’s, Speakers, defends secretary’s, economic development minister’s, Duminds’s and Mervyn’s maaaaaaan, ok? Understood?

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    What a sad state of affairs.

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    In a nutshell, there is no law and order in Sri Lanka…. Is this the kind of ‘justice’ he dishes out in his own court-room? The judge has brought disgrace for our country’s judiciary in a foreign land. Lets impeach the judge!

    Probably he taught the forum.. Judgement Sl style….The airport will provide the CCTV footage if requested. Usually these My Lords go strictly by evidence.How can people repose confidence in his judgments….? How can a judge like him could have adorned a primary court leave aside the supreme court?

    Disgrace !! ? Just wait and see, he shall be promoted to Supreme court. That is the order of the day. This is the kind of judges required to protect the monarch!! not the masses and may Justice R.I.P.

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      These sons and grand sons of the Ruhunu Curd seller then, today are ruining this country. In the ’56 govt. Sevala Banda brought in to Parliament, this curd seller, Bus stand Kavi kola sellers, Postal Peons, bus drivers and the like who were all paupers. But see the families of these paupers today who are the richest in this country today. Way to go Sri Lanka!

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        @gamini

        Thanks a million times for reminding us about the pedigree and background of the countrys rich and famous.Would have appreciated a little bit about the ancestry of Sevala Banda himself. Thanks anyway.

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        WELL SAID,GAMINI!!!!

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    Ape Miniha, so he is above the law.

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    Sarath De Abrew is MR’s batch mate at Law College. There were many complaints against him and the then President of the Court of Appeal even asked him not to sit in court. MR was informed by the Judicial Service Commission but took no notice. He has a history of abuse- to his court arachchi, his former wife, domestic servants. He also had brushes with Mt. Lavinia Police.

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      ..and now teethes with the fellow Judges.

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    He is Illegal Cheap Justice, he was appointed illegally, all his judgement would be contested in the future when the true and genuine rule of the law returns to the country.

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    Don’t know whether this judge is related to Sarath Silva and Sarath Fonseka.

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      Hey, very clever of you. You are right up their with the smartest bloke in Sri Lanka.

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    Why hesitate !!!!!!!!!!

    Kick him out Mr. President.
    Such a loose canon is not fit for the Judiciary

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      And Monah Peris is?

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    Hmm, another incident of country going to the dogs! Just yesterday the son of the president physically assaulted a referee at a popular rugby match in Sri Lanka!

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      Well, country doing to the dogs happened long time ago. What you are seeing now is dogs peeing on it.

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    check out Travesty of Madness SC CA and Authorities Sri Lanka – Google …
    Travesty of Madness SC CA and Authorities Sri Lanka. Comments Share
    docs.google.com/document/d/1yA

    Can anyone recommend a judge who does not sling bottles please! I am looking for a chap who is all of the following. An articulate and intellectual man who is very capable in leading others in business and life. A mentor or elder statesman. This man is a good politician as well as a good candidate for the priesthood. Possessing a Solomon-like wisdom and commanding authority. A man of high moral standards and principles. This is someone you can trust in all things. A rule follower. Committed to the greater good of all. I was thinking of GL Peiris :)

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      You can imagine but he cannot stick him to the truth. He was a purchased commodity, follow the ETF indices.

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      As in all professions its briefless lawyers who become judges in general or professors.
      GL Pears is a down right opportunist like bLiar. One of your schoolmates who entered the Colombo campus might enlighten you. Lanaka is an amma nathan tatha governance so what more can you expect from a society where 90% of the population have an IQ below 60 while 90% of Caucasians have an IQ below 120.

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    If the worst comes to the worst, I may opt for a lawyer, but being an English teacher cum musician, cannot afford these costly affairs ;) Will trade English lessons or IELTS for your Court Appearance. Just going with the sri Lanka systems here :)

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      b4 u change careers, please consider the fact that ” Lawyers are Professional Liars” (^-^)their expertize is to make the truth – untruth and vise versa… So good luck on ur endevour…

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      IF shove, comes to push, you being a musician just start playing the National Anthem, all em “Patriots” will stand still… IF not, how on earth could people who are so immoral be elected to Public Office.?

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    OMG! A NATION OF THUGS.

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    like
    we know this

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    This is how the Hambanthota Medamulana new Gangnam style Joker Rooster’s Chicken come to lay eggs.

    We all saw how the CJ impeachment marauding protesters behaved, and now they are in Aluthkade.

    Hambanthota wal Ka….i Bal…..a brought down his perverts to colombo and gave jobs to his coolies and this is what they do.

    Keep going Karuppa ….keep going.

    Bring down the Queen for CHOGM to get the photo-ops……..Karuppaiya.

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    Now, even the judges are thugs! Mother Lanka is weeping. What has happened to our once beautiful country with smiling people since “Mahinda Chinthanaya”. From Mahinda to Mervyn are all thugs, criminals, rapists, looters, extortionists, murderers, child molesters, fraudsters, human smugglers, drug dealers, etc. etc.

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    11 piti mutta coolies? When I was young I used to see people like this in Pitakotuwa. They wear a dirty blanket over their shoulders, and then wear a jute goni pandanguwa on their head and draped down their backside. The line up of these 11 only brings me those happy impressions of my excursions to the side streets (lanes) of Pitakotuwa where coolies used to manhandle heavy sacks of rice, flour, parippu and mungeta that were being offloaded from lorries into the grocers’ stock rooms. With people like Abrew, and politcial judges, what is the difference between gunny bag wearing coolies and our judges? They carry similiar burdens, and they are protecting their backsides!

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      @ Mahasohon
      Well said! Kudos to you.

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    He is the next candidate for the Cheap Justice if Mohan Peiris falls out of favour with the Rajapakshes.

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    I am a legal practitioner of the Court of Appeal. Your initial news report wherein it was mentioned that Appeal Court Judge Justice Sisira de Abrew was involved in the alleged incident was appalling and preposterous for the simple fact that at the time of the said incident Justice Sisira De Abrew was in Sri Lanka functioning in the capacity of Acting President of the Court of Appeal. Even though the said news report was subsequently edited I fervently hope that in future you would take steps to verify the authenticity of such reports prior to publishing such false news items against such an esteemed judge.

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      D.A.I.H
      CT has apologised unreservedly.
      But what is your reaction to the behaviour of Judge Sarath De Abrew?
      As a legal practitioner would you appear before him?
      Do you think that he is fit to be a judge in future?

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    He is Illegal Cheap Justice, he was appointed illegally. All his judgement would be contested in the future when true and genuine rule of the law returns to the country.

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    ever heard about dreams of King Kosolof ancient India? well this is what it is
    We live in Kaliyugaya alright
    Dont just bawl at MR – those who are preaching in the opposition benches will be no better if not worse when they ( if ever) come to power

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    SRI LANKAN APPEAL COURT JUDGE ABUSES AND HAMMERS ANOTHER JUDGE AT CHENNAI AIRPORT.
    SURPRISED AT THE BEHAVIOUR OF A JUDGE???????
    ARMY MAJORS GET HAMMERED BY MINISTERS SONS!!!!
    GOVT. POLITICIAN BITING POLICEMAN’S NOSE
    PRESIDENT’S SON HAMMERING A RUGBY REFEREE AT THE LATEST RUGBY SEVENS.
    NOT REPORTED IN OUR MEDIA!!!!OF COURSE THE OTHER BROTHER HAMMERED HIM
    BUDDHIST MONKS POKING FINGERS WHERE THEY SHOULD NOT.
    ALL THIS JUSTIFIED BY “PEEPING TOM” KEHEMMAL RAMBUKWELLA,WHO FELL OFF THE BALCONY IN AUSTRALIA.;”AFTER ALL BOYS WILL BE BOYS”
    MURDERER DUMINDA WELCOMED BY PRESIDENT WITH THE POLICEMAN SALUTING HIM.
    BBS MONKS WHO ATTACKED AND COMMITTED ARSON AT “NO LIMIT” AND “FASHION BUG”. FREE AND ON US. TOUR GORMANDIZING DESPITE “NEW DIET REGULATIONS”
    AZATH WHO SPOKE OUT DETAINED.
    WELL, ARE WE NOT JUSTIFIED IN CALLING S.L THE”MIRACLE OF ASIA”?

    WE LIVE IN “RAJAFUCKISTAN”

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      LOL @ rAjAfUcKiStAn…..

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    Where is the Minister of justice, Rauf Hakeem who has the authority to take action against this idiot?

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      He is busy selecting his Halal Foods in Hotel rooms.

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    Oh what a shame, the country has gone to the dogs! A well respected nation and well respected people in the past who won international accolades and brought glory to the country. Now all we hear are bad things that tarnish and destroy the good image of the country. We are now called a country of uncivilized people because of the blunders of our political leadership. The people at grassroots level are really stupid and have no political wisdom to elect good people to power. Instead they have elected a bunch of thugs and hooligans and now we see the result. Everything has gone in the wrong direction and all we hear are wrongdoings, misrule, killings, rapes, thuggery, corruption, the law of the jungle, politicized judiciary, administrative blunders and generally mayhem everywhere. On top of these comes the news of a court of appeal judge bringing shame to Lanka by behaving like a bully in a foreign country. We are amazed that such people found their way into the judiciary. That’s the miracle of Sri Lanka, nothing else. Apata Wechcha Day

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      NOT GONE TO DOGS. TAKEN OVER BY THE “PARIAH DOGS”

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    This News report is not clear.some times Little incidents we show as a big incident. According to the reports it is very natural even though he is a judges he is a human being.Some time he may behave over this particular occasion.Let disciplinary inquiry in to this matter will resolve this matter in future. when his bag left, other judges should informed then and their at that time. I believe all of them act like typical Sri Lankan idiots “Molgus” at this point.This is natural behavior from most of Sri Lankan at the Airports when they are going abroad..Why are we blaming to him and wasting our voluble time for this.

    Kumar

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      Go back to English classes at night school you silly man. What the hell is a moigus? You must be one of those rajapassa arse licking yakos from down hambantota way.

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    Cruelty is nothing new to this chap. Go to his house and see how his child (she needs help) treats some puppies. Ask the neighbors for their experiences and opinions. You will find a sick man.

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    Is this the same Court of Appeal that backed CJ Shirani against the PSC? How quickly some forget their heroes :-)

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    Sarath Abrew is obviously not suitable to be a judge. How about the rest of them , enjoying all the comforts that the government offers them ? Why do they copy judges in England and wear robes and wigs ?Is it to show they are like the best in the world ? Hardly!.The former CJ got a job for her husband from people who are interested parties.A lot of judger get benefits from infliential people including lawyers. I understand that the quality of our judgments is very low. They are never reported in internationaql law journals etc. Everything is very mediocre . But they get huge perks from government which wants to soften and corrupt these judges.We must sympathize with litigants and lawyers who have to appear before this type of justices.

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    Impunity is the name of the game
    Bensen

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    I am a President’s Counsel of the Republic of Sri Lanka and a senior practitioner in the Court of Criminal Appeal.The original article alleged that Justice Sisira de Abrew was involved in an incident in Bangalore. At the time and date of the alleged incident Justice Sisira de Abrew was acting President of the Court of Appeal and he was in Colombo. He did not go to bangalore. You have tendered your unconditional apology to Justice Sisira de Abrew for your error. But unfortunately many other websites carry his name in their headers. It is your responsibility to have these headers removed or altered. Justice Sisira de Abrew is an eminent Judge of the Court of Appeal and he has been embarrassed and defamed by this. I urge you to take remedial steps immediately. Tirantha Walaliyadde, President’s Counsel. Tel 3144336

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      WE ARE WELL AWARE OF THE EMINENCE OF OUR JUDGES AND PRESIDENTS’ COUNSEL.
      THANKS FOR REMINDING US MR, WALA LIYADDE

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