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Jersey Politicians face fines and jail under proposed reforms

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Politicians in Jersey who lie or give false evidence to an inquiry could lose their protection against criminal prosecution.

It's one of the reforms being proposed in a new independent report from Sir Malcolm Jack - a former clerk to the House of Commons in the UK, requested by Privileges & Procedures Committee at a cost of £24,000.

The issue of legal protection enjoyed by politicians was in the spotlight this summer after it emerged States Members who gave evidence to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry had the same 'parliamentary privilege' as when they speak in the States Assembly.

The reforms would given parliament the power to suspend without pay or expel members from the Assembly.

Additionally, any States Member refusing to appear in front of an inquiry or panel could be jailed for up to 5 years or fined, while anybody leaking documents could face 6 months in prison.

The report will be considered by the Privileges & Procedures Committee before any proposals are presented to the States Assembly for consideration.