It is difficult if not impossible to arrest sitting Members of Parliament in Ghana, a law lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has said.

?The only time in my opinion that you can easily arrest an MP without much difficulty is when Parliament is in recession, otherwise you would have to establish the fact that the MP is not on his way to Parliament, the MP is not on his way from Parliament or that the MP is not attending to business in Parliament,? Kofi Abotsi has stated.

The law lecturer however admits that the current provisions relating to the arrest of MPs are in the best interest of the country.

His comments follow the arrest and detention Sunday and subsequent release on bail Monday, of New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Aburi-Nsawam, O.B. Amoah.

Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has alleged his colleague was picked up on his way from Parliament and that it was illegal.

Mr Abotsi explained that if information from the Minority Leader was correct, then the arresting body erred in their arrest.

Per the 1992 Constitution, a Member of Parliament cannot be arrested whilst he is attending to business in Parliament or is on his way to, or returning from Parliament.

This provision, critics say, is unacceptable and a clear attempt to put law makers above the same laws they pass.

But Abotsi says the framers of the law could not have been wrong in providing the MPs a certain amount of immunity.

He averred that the rationale is ?to avoid the situation where an MP will be burdened by the process of arrest when he is supposed to be attending to the high business of Parliamentary proceedings.?

He said the MP could be ?obstructed by the process of arrest when he has to partake in a vote? and that could undermine the integrity of Parliamentary proceedings and the best interest of Ghana.

He argued that the purpose of that provision is not necessarily to insulate the MPs from the general laws of Ghana but to safeguard the integrity of Parliament and advised the executive and the judiciary arms of government to be careful not to undermine the integrity of the Legislature with ?unlawful? arrests of Members of Parliament.

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