Poroshenko: MPs want protection from prosecution for political position

MPs don’t need absolute privacy, they should be protected from persecution for their political position. As reported the UNIAN, this was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko today, February 9, at a meeting with employees of the NABU.

Poroshenko says the withdrawal of the immunity of judges

«I didn’t wait until the MPs show a constitutional initiative and has submitted draft amendments to the Constitution to abolish parliamentary immunity. Honestly, the Verkhovna Rada voted for it, for sending it to the constitutional court, and then they became very busy and have no time, and they did not have time to consider this bill,» he said.

«They thought that if it was not addressed at this session, he disappears. I am very happy that the Verkhovna Rada adopted amendments to the Regulations. This convocation of people’s deputies should consider changes to the Constitution essentially in the first and second reading», — said Poroshenko and said that this bill has received a positive conclusion of the constitutional court.

According to the President, «today the ball is in the Parliament and need public demand and public pressure.»

«Now, the deputies don’t need the absolute parliamentary immunity, but they need to be protected from persecution for their political position, for speaking out in Parliament» — summed Poroshenko.

He recalled that, previously introduced the bill to Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada sent to the constitutional court. After the conclusion of the constitutional court, the Parliament, the issue was no longer considered.

The draft law envisages to exclude from the Constitution parts 1 and 3 of article 80. We are talking about the situation, which determined that people’s deputies are guaranteed parliamentary immunity, as well as the provision according to which MPs can not be without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada held criminally liable, detained or arrested.

Also offered amendments to part 3 of article 126, under which a judge may not be without the consent of the High Council of justice is detained and to him may be applied the measure of restraint in form of detention before a conviction by the court, except arrest committing or immediately after committing a grave or especially grave crimes against life and health.

The present wording of the article States that a judge may not be without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada detained or arrested before conviction by the court.

Article 129 after the paragraph 1 is supplemented by a new part according to which the involvement of judges to legal liability is made on a common basis. Judges may not be prosecuted for acts committed in connection with the administration of justice, except in cases of adoption of obviously illegal court decisions, violations of oath of a judge or Commission of a disciplinary offence.

Poroshenko says the withdrawal of the immunity of judges

Petro Poroshenko says the withdrawal of the immunity of judges.

«And while you’re investigating corruption in the judicial system, judges have immunity, and while you’re investigating — it may take months or years. Unfortunately, we have a common practice — will disappear, we serve them on the international wanted list, and things remain nedorazvedany,» he said.

He insists that judges should be held accountable if they committed crimes of corruption.

«We need to remove judicial immunity. They should not be held accountable for what decisions they make, but for the bribes they take, sorry», — said Poroshenko.

As reported, on 2 February, the Verkhovna Rada approved the bill «On amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding justice)». These changes, among other things, the abolition of immunity of judges.




Poroshenko: MPs want protection from prosecution for political position 09.02.2016

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