No, not everyone is equal before the law. Federal members of parliament enjoy immunity from prosecution. The setting up of investigations is not permitted without the approval of the responsible committees. Can "those up there" do what they want? Not at all. Immunity is not a privilege of an individual.
It should rather ensure that the federal councils can continue to act as a whole. The immunity protects against pressure tests and intimidation by political opponents, but not against persecution of personal missteps. It is thanks to her that parliamentarians are free to express themselves and to exercise their duties unhindered. Without being afraid to be prosecuted for their statements.
But politicians can also reduce the right to immunity to absurdity, even evil. This is exactly what the Immigration Committee of the National Council did in June: representatives from SVP and FDP made sure that the federal prosecutor's office could not investigate a former SVP country lawyer Christian Miesch.
The Basel bidder is suspected of collecting around CHF 4,600 for filing an advance. It can be the facts to take advantage and passive bribery.
Is Miesch guilty or not? The Commission did not have to do that. She simply had to decide whether this question should be clarified by the researchers. Their explanation of why the federal prosecutor's office should not be active: Miesch's behavior must be based on "deep injustice".
This detrimental note, which Miesch is supposed to alleviate somewhat, but at the same time destroys the presumption of innocence, can at least be described as uncomfortable. However, anyone who wipes out a corruption so nonchalantly proves that he is not aware of problems, but that he also criticizes Parliament's credibility.
Especially since Miesch has long been retiring from the National Council and therefore could no longer be hindered in his duties. Well, the state's legal commission now has a corrective effect. She is clearly in favor of canceling the immunity of Miesch. Now the immunity holder of the National Council of Causa has to take another – they have the opportunity to reconsider their decision.