Druze MK Seeks Immunity in Indictment Over Syria Meeting

Balad's Said Naffaa says meetings in Syria arguing fall under his duties as a member of Knesset.

MK Said Naffaa asked the Knesset on Monday to enforce his immunity as to protect him from a recently submitted indictment accusing him of contacting enemy agents.

Last December, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said he intended to indict Naffaa over an alleged 2007 Syria meeting with Talal Naji, deputy chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and visiting the offices of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal, although he was not present at the time.

The prosecution accused Naffaa at the time of having "knowingly contacted a foreign agent without a reasonable explanation for doing so."

The Balad MK sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Monday in which he rejected the accusations leveled against him, arguing that the meetings he held in Syria fall under his duties as a member of Knesset.

In his letter, Naffaa indicated the reasons for which his immunity as a MK protects him from the current indictment.

"The offences attributed to me in the indictment are considered actions done for and during my line of duty," he wrote.

Naffaa added that he thought that "the indictment was prepared and the intention to submit exists as a result of an attempt to targeting me, while other MKs and public figures have been suspected of similar offences."

"My work in the Knesset as well as my ability to represent my constituents will be severely damaged if criminal proceedings are pursued against me," the Balad MK said, adding that a decision not to go ahead with the indictment "would not significantly harm the public interest."