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The constitutional court approved the lifting of parliamentary immunity

Конституционный суд одобрил снятие депутатской неприкосновенностиThe court examined the presidential version of the bill to abolish the immunity of people’s deputies.

The constitutional court declared unconstitutional the President’s bill to abolish the immunity of deputies deferred to 2020. The corresponding decision was made at the meeting on Tuesday, June 19.

A copy of the opinion of the court, already posted on the website of the COP.

“Considered the relevant requirements of articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine the bill on amendments to article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (re immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine) (register. No. 7203)”, – the document says.

The bill proposes to exclude from article 80 of the Constitution Ukraine, parts 1 and 3, which provide for immunity of people’s deputies and the impossibility of bringing them to criminal responsibility without the consent of Parliament.

According to Poroshenko, the article 80 should have the following form:

“People’s deputies of Ukraine shall not bear legal liability for voting results or statements in Parliament and its bodies, with the exception of liability for insult or defamation”.

In its conclusion, the court noted that canceling parliamentary immunity, should be considered as a political and legal system of Ukraine. In addition, he said, the immunity is not a privilege of a Deputy, and protects against unlawful interference in its activities.

In the case of adoption by Verkhovna Rada the law will come into force on 1 January 2020.

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