Muslimyar rejects Nejrabi’s claims that he intervened in the arrest of a group of men who allegedly tried to enter parliament illegally.
MPs Raise Concerns After Suspicious Gang Enters Parliament
The administrative board of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) on Monday said security threats and the attempt by five suspicious men to gain access to parliament recently could have serious repercussions.
Some lawmakers have said these five men, who were arrested by parliament’s security guards, were handed over to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), but were all released.
Parliament speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi asked the security institutions to re-arrest them. He also tasked parliament’s internal security commission to summon the head of NDS to answer to the incident.
The head of parliament’s internal security commission, Mirdad Nejrabi, on Wednesday accused Senate head, Fazlulhadi Muslimyar, of ordering the release of the five men who had been arrested on suspicion of trying to enter parliament illegally.
Muslimyar however on Sunday rejected the claims and said the remarks were part of a conspiracy.
“These individuals managed to pass from the first security check post of the national assembly, but were caught at the second check post in their car, there were five people, but the question is what were these five people doing in parliament,” asked one MP Hazrat Ali.
Meanwhile, a number of senators said MPs should not lodge accusations and said such statements will damage the reputation of parliament and the senate.
The senators said the accusation of Muslimyar interfering was baseless.
“It is important that the two houses assign a joint delegation to avoid confrontation and tension; the delegation should ask their questions directly from the national directorate of security and report back to us about their finding,” said MP Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
“His excellency, the chairman of the senate, when I spoke to him, he said that they will not release them and the episode apparently ended; but later on all of them were released following some remarks by Mr Mirdad,” said MP Hazrat Ali.
Nejrabi responded to Muslimyar’s remarks and said he had asked parliament’s administrative board to ensure the men remained in custody pending the outcome of a full investigation. He said this was not done and instead they were released after the intervention of Muslimyar.
“You claim to be a member of the legislative body, you claim to be a lawmaker, but you don’t understand that proving someone [is guilty of a crime] and accusing someone has several stages,” said senate chief Fazel Hadi Muslimyar.
Members of the public have repeatedly criticized MPs for misusing their authority, for their involvement in corruption and for heavy handedness in dealing with the public.