Egypt’s Parliament approves removing immunity from MP over bribery charges

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Egypt’s Parliament approved on Wednesday the removal of the parliamentary immunity granted to a member of the parliament, Salah Eisa, for receiving bribes that reached EGP 2m to facilitate issuing construction permissions in Alexandria.

According to the state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram, parliament speaker, Ali Abdel Aal, approved the report from the constitutional and legislative committee to lift the parliamentary immunity granted to Eisa for the sake of resuming the prosecution’s interrogation with him over the aforementioned charges.

The request from Egypt’s General Prosecutor office explained that Eisa exploited his authority to facilitate the release of construction permissions to a number of lands in the Alexandria governorate.

Parliamentary immunity, or legislative immunity, is a system in which members of parliament or legislature are granted partial immunity from prosecution.

Before prosecuting, it is necessary that immunity be removed, usually by a superior court of justice.

Source: dailynewsegypt