Parliament Not a Hiding Place for MPs: Opposition

Opposition Leader MP Ishmael Kalsakau (r) and MP Ronald Warsal (l)

The Parliament is not a hiding place for Members of Parliament who are facing charges and have a case to answer to in Court.

Leader of Opposition MP Ishmael Kalsakau, stressed this yesterday morning.

MP Kalsakau said the Opposition MPs boycotted the official opening of Second Ordinary Session of Parliament yesterday to show MPs and leaders, including future leaders of the country not to use parliament as a ‘hiding place’.

The Opposition leader said the Opposition made a statement to show that the national parliament is not a place to hide when MPs or national leaders are facing charges in court.

Yesterday morning when parliament convened for the opening of Second Ordinary session, the Opposition MPs were on parliament premises but not present in Chambers.

MP Kalsakau alleged that last week, the Prime Minister used his parliamentary immunity in relation to an interview with authorities on a case before the court.

When contacted, Police Overseer Jean-Yves Kali from the Office of the Commissioner of Police said police officers are carrying out their normal investigations in relation to cases they are working on and MPs are cooperating with the police.

He said police officers maintain a neutral role in carrying out their duties, including investigations into allegations against MPs, just like any other case.

The Daily Post understands Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will respond to the Opposition’s accusations today.

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