House rejects constitutional amendment to allow Parliament members' trial

[06-01-2022 10:29 AM]

Ammon News - A total of 106 deputies, out of 109 MPs, who attended the morning session, rejected the government’s amendment to Article 86 of Jordan's Constitution, which allows trial of the Senate and House members, during the duration of the Parliament’s session.

The lawmakers voted in favor of returning to the Constitution's original text, Clause 1 of Article 86, which states: "No member of the Senate and the Lower House shall be arrested or tried during the duration of the Parliament's session, unless the concerned chamber issues a decision by an overwhelming majority that there is sufficient reason for his arrest or trial, or unless he/she is not apprehended red-handed in a criminal offence."

According to recommendations of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System (RCMPS), this amendment enhances the rule of law, does not disrupt litigation procedures, and grants House and Senate members the "necessary and sufficient" immunity to carry out their legislative and oversight role.

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