The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said Rafizi’s arrest was made in accordance with Section 15 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
She added that in her opinion, Section 7 of the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 (which provides that MPs are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings for anything said before the House) did not give immunity to parliamentarians who committed a crime.
“I believe that the police have their own justifications on why they arrested him at that location,” Azalina said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Pandan MP was arrested on Tuesday under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to facilitate investigations over claims he made against the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT).
Rafizi was arrested in front of Parliament as he was leaving Parliament House.
He was taken to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.