Officials Immunity Revoked before Anti-Graft Commission, but not GA

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AMMAN —AlGhad— The Judicial Council stated yesterday, Tuesday, that the immunity extended to ministers, as well as elected and appointed members of parliaments, will no longer stand in the proceedings of the Integrity and the Anti-Corruption Commission.

When a complaint is filed at the anti-graft commission against a member of parliament or the council of ministers, the commission will now have the legal authority to pursue the complaint.

However, the authorities of the commission do not include criminal charges and processing by the Attorney General’s office.

In other words, the decision gives the commission sole, but also limited, judicial authority to handle cases involving any of the above official figures.

Nonetheless, the commission will now have the power to process and collect data and evidence relating to charges filed against persons of interest, for the purposes of later legal prosecution, if necessary.

According to the council, this decision is considered a victory for the principle of the rule of law, the centrepiece of His Majesty’s sixth discussion paper.