The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has decided that no charges will be laid against the Prime Minister in relation to allegations that he assaulted a Member of Parliament in the parliamentary precincts on 9th August 2019.
Pryde said, “Under section 73 of the Constitution, Parliament has the power to discipline members of Parliament.
As the altercation occurred within the precincts of Parliament, the Speaker exercised his authority and referred the matter to the Privileges Committee to hear evidence of the matter and to make findings on the allegation.
The constitutional separation of powers doctrine applies to prevent the courts and the executive from interfering with a decision made by Parliament in the exercise of its constitutional authority.
Had the matter not been heard by the Privileges Committee and dealt with by Parliament, there was sufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to court.
Accordingly, for these reasons, there will be no further action on this file and the matter is now closed. The police docket has been returned to the police.”