Friday, November 28, 2008

MPs Have No Immunity?

Amazing. This could never happen in Israel.

...counter-terrorism police arrested the shadow Home Office minister, Damian Green, after he published leaked documents allegedly sent to the Tories by a government whistleblower...Green was taken into custody at about 1.50pm in his Ashford constituency and escorted to a central London police station.

...Green said early this morning: "I was astonished to have spent more than nine hours under arrest for doing my job. I emphatically deny that I have done anything wrong. I have many times made public information that the government wanted to keep secret, information that the public has a right to know.

"In a democracy, opposition politicians have a duty to hold the government to account. I was elected to the House of Commons precisely to do that and I certainly intend to continue doing so."

I guess then that they don't possess all-inclusive parliamentary immunity.

...The MP was arrested under common law for "aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in public office".

The police action followed the arrest 10 days ago of a government whistleblower who allegedly leaked four documents to Green, who then passed them to the press...Labour sources indicated that neither the prime minister nor the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, knew about the arrest. Gordon Brown only learned of it around three hours later...

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