Poroshenko introduced in Parliament a bill to abolish parliamentary immunity in 2020

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko offers the Verkhovna Rada to amend the Constitution in terms of the inviolability of people’s deputies. The corresponding bill No. 7203 registered in Rada on October 17, reported on the website of the Parliament.

«The draft Law on amendments to article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (re immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine)» marked as urgent.

In accordance with article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Rada deputies are guaranteed parliamentary immunity: they do not bear legal liability for voting results or statements made in the Parliament and its bodies (except for liability for insult or defamation), but also may not, without the consent of Parliament to be held criminally liable, detained or arrested.

According to the draft law, article 80 of the Constitution are outlined in the following wording: «Article 80. 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».

Thus, Poroshenko proposes to abolish the rule that MPs cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the consent of Parliament.

«The law shall enter into force on 1 January 2020», – stated in the bill.

Presidential, parliamentary, and judicial immunity in Ukraine is guaranteed by the Constitution. In February 2015, began the process of abolition of parliamentary and judicial immunity: the Supreme Rada adopted a resolution about the direction of the bill to the constitutional Court. The constitutional court ruled it constitutional.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in 2014 stated that parliamentary immunity has exhausted itself. «I think voters have a right to recall their MP. This corresponds with the removal of parliamentary immunity,» he said. In July 2017, the President stated that it had prepared amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on the abolition of parliamentary immunity.

From 1990 to 2014 is immunity lost six deputies. In the Verkhovna Rada of the eighth convocation of its already removed from eight: unaffiliated Sergey Melnichuk, Sergey Klyuev, Alexander Onishchenko and Borislav Rosenblatt, Vadim Novinsky and Mikhail Dobkin from the Opposition bloc, Oles Dovgy from the group «will of the people» and Maxim Polyakov of the «popular front».

 




Poroshenko introduced in Parliament a bill to abolish parliamentary immunity in 2020 17.10.2017

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